Foreign Policy

How Washington turned its back on a foreign-policy triumph and let Darfur descend back into chaos. Part 3 in Foreign Policy's exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Sudan. 

Read the full Foreign Policy article A Mission That Was Set Up to Fail.

Apr 09, 2014
Richard Gowan

Part 2 in Foreign Policy's exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Darfur.

Read the full Foreign Policy article 'Now We Will Kill You'

Apr 08, 2014
Richard Gowan

The Taliban isn't attacking the Afghan army anymore -- they're trying to blow up the heart of Afghan politics.

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Apr 02, 2014
Barnett Rubin
South Asia, Afghanistan

For three bloody years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has proved time and time again that his relationship with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is more important to him than winning the world's approval.

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Feb 13, 2014
Richard Gowan

A last-minute decision by the United Nations to invite -- and then disinvite -- Iran to this week's widely-anticipated Syrian peace conference threatened to unravel the entire diplomatic effort on Monday. The invitation, delivered by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, exposed a rare fault line between Ban and Secretary of State John Kerry, two close allies who have been working together for months.

Jan 20, 2014
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

The United States and Iran, having clinched a landmark interim deal suspending some aspects of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, turned their attention this week to addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

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Nov 26, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Saudi Arabia took the extraordinary step Friday of refusing to take its seat on the U.N. Security Council -- despite pursuing the position for years. It's an unprecedented protest over the council's failure to take firmer action in Syria and Palestine. And it comes at a time of growing Saudi frustration with American-led policies across the Middle East.

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Oct 18, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met under the steely gaze of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whose portrait hung over their negotiating table at U.N. headquarters, and hammered out their latest agreement Thursday on a U.N. Security Council resolution to scrap Syria's chemical weapons.

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Sep 26, 2013
United Nations

Can a humanitarian firebrand help forge a deal with Syria's dictator?

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Sep 23, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

Saudi Arabia, has been quietly exploring the possibility of seeking a U.N. General Assembly vote that would provide some cover for military action.

Sep 06, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

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