There's a warlord in the news again. With 86 million views and counting, the "Kony 2012" web video and its recently released sequel brought unprecedented attention to Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The videos are part of a campaign orchestrated by the U.S.-based NGO Invisible Children to rally international support for Kony's capture. The major news outlets responded in kind, with ABC, CNN and the New York Times casting Kony as a warlord.
In an op-ed published by World Politics Review, CIC Director Bruce Jones argues that in cases from Haiti to Cote d'Ivoire, UN forces have proved more resilient to major challenges than many commentators had feared. But debates about costs have obscured these successes and may undermine future operations.
Read the full World Politics Review article here by Bruce Jones
When United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon selected his predecessor Kofi Annan last week as his envoy to mediate the ongoing crisis in Syria, most observers thought it was an obvious choice. But Ban's decision represents an important twist in a sometimes complex relationship between the two men -- and a high-stakes attempt to maintain the U.N.'s role in the Middle East, where it has been active since the 1940s.