World Politics Review

Last week, I observed that the most striking feature of the Ukrainian crisis was “just how limited it remains to date.” This proved to be a grotesquely untimely remark.

Read the full World Politics Review article West Needs New Rules to Contain Proxy Wars With Russia

Jul 21, 2014
Richard Gowan
Crises

The UN, OSCE and Red Cross are defending a basic sense of decency in international affairs.

Read the full World Politics Review article Why the International System Is Still Worth Fighting For

Aug 18, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

There has been a lot of talk about humanitarian interventions over the past week, but much of it has been muddled, misleading or both.

Read the full World Politics Review article U.S., Russia Duel Over Humanitarian Interventions in Iraq and Ukraine

Aug 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States

As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bustles around the world attempting to staunch conflict after conflict, one question arises with increasing frequency: Why bother?

Read the full World Politics Review article Lacking Primetime Partners, U.S. Remains ‘Indispensable’ Crisis Manager

Aug 06, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States

Russia seemed ready to mount a full-scale incursion into eastern Ukraine as early as April, it avoided such an open challenge to the West. The U.S. and Europe reciprocated by limiting sanctions against Moscow in the second quarter of this year. But these signs of restraint have given way to chaos.

Read the full World Politics Review article West Needs New Rules to Contain Proxy Wars With Russia

Jul 21, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe

The 2003 Iraq war split the Security Council, but the United Nations ultimately sustained only limited long-term damage from the incident. In the 11 years since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the council has passed over 600 resolutions on issues ranging from Iran’s nuclear program to African conflicts. Now the U.N. faces another war in Iraq, at a time when its overall credibility may be in greater danger than it was in 2003.

Jun 30, 2014
Richard Gowan
Middle East

The Syrian war, currently overshadowed by its offshoot in Iraq, remains a ruinous blight on international diplomacy. Nearly half a year after the furiously hyped but fundamentally hopeless peace talks between the government and moderate rebels in Geneva, no end to the fighting is in sight.

Read the full World Politics Review article Syria’s Chemical Arms Destroyed, but Aid Effort Unravels

Jul 07, 2014
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Is Ukraine a promising model for the management of future international crises? At first glance, it looks like nothing of the sort. Kiev is in the middle of a bloody military campaign to regain control of towns and cities in the east of the country from pro-Russian rebels. More and more civilians have been caught in the crossfire.

Jul 15, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe

The race to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general of the United Nations is heating up. More or less open candidates are emerging with growing frequency. This may seem premature: Ban will not leave office until the end of 2016, and he has a lot of unfinished business to attend to. He hopes to seal deals on climate change and the future of international development next year. He also needs to contain the crises in South Sudan and Syria, both of which threaten to cast a profound shadow over his legacy.

Jun 23, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

It was no surprise when pro-Russian forces seized eight European military monitors in eastern Ukraine last week. A growing number of international observers have deployed to Ukraine over the past two months, and it was only a matter of time before some were snatched. A United Nations envoy, Robert Serry, had to make a quick exit from Crimea in early March after an encounter with a posse of armed men.

Apr 29, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe

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