Germany, who wants to shoulder its responsibility of hard work towards peace and justice through international cooperation in an era riddled with crises is trying to return to the UN Security Council in 2019. Nonpermanent members of the council are elected for two years at a time. The lobbying has already begun. CIC Deputy Director, Jim Della-Giacoma, beleives Germany has good chance of winning the vote to become a UN Security Council permanent member.
The Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon ends its mandate on 31 December and we must find a successor. Bulgaria has decided not to support the candidacy of its national Irina Bokova, but pushing that its Kristalina Georgieva. Interview with Alexandra Novosseloff, visiting scholar at New York University.
A Former Taliban Minister Senses a Growing Demand for Afghan Peace” (The Saturday Profile, Sept. 10), about Agha Jan Motasim, a former Taliban leader, reports that “an early attempt to seek reconciliation” between the Taliban and the Afghan government “through the governor of Kandahar was rejected, so the Taliban had no other choice but to fight.”
Donald Trump repeated an eyebrow-raising idea this week that the United States should have kept Iraq’s oil after ousting Saddam Hussein.
"I’ve always said -- shouldn’t be there, but if we’re going to get out, take the oil," Trump told moderator Matt Lauer at NBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum on Sept. 7, 2016. "If we would have taken the oil, you wouldn’t have ISIS, because ISIS formed with the power and the wealth of that oil."