Oil prices are plummeting -- and Saudi Arabia could devolve into chaos as a result.

Jan 25, 2016
Ryan Rappa
Middle East

International conflict management is not necessarily a rewarding occupation for people who have neat and orderly minds. Well-made plans tend to fall apart in fast-moving crises. As I noted in a chapter in a book on the Security Council published earlier this year, the recent history of United Nations peace operations is basically a story of “one damn thing after another.” U.N.

Dec 28, 2015
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Three of the most exciting initiatives have emerged on the sidelines of the official deliberations, and Indians have played a prominent role in all of them

Dec 07, 2015
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Europe, Middle East, South Asia, India

The recent series of dastardly and heinous attacks in places as dispersed as Baghdad, Beirut, Bamako, Kabul and Paris by myriad terrorist outfits ranging from the Taliban to Islamic State and al-Qaeda hold several important lessons for international efforts to counter terrorism.

Nov 23, 2015
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Last week had no shortage of shocking images to illustrate our collective paralysis in the face of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. A three year old boy dead on a beach, waves lapping around his shoes. Thousands of forcibly displaced people marching through the heart of Europe watched by silent onlookers. Borders going back up in Schengen under the guise of traffic control and migrant searches.

Sep 08, 2015
Sarah Cliffe
Europe, Middle East, Syria

Welcome to what could turn out to be the most important, and potentially the most destructive, week in international diplomacy since the end of the Cold War.

Read the full World Politics Review article Iran Talks, Greece Crisis Open Make-or-Break Week for West

Jun 29, 2015
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East

Unless the Syrian refugee emergency is treated as a truly global responsibility, we can't expect hard-pressed countries to maintain the generosity they have demonstrated since the crisis erupted.

Read the full Open Democracy article Syria’s refugees: a global responsibility

Jun 29, 2015
Richard Gowan
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Europe is trying to help Libya stem the human trafficking trade that has imperiled the lives of tens of thousands of desperate migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

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Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Libya

Last week, the United Nations was thrust back into the center of international crisis management in the Arab world. 

May 11, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

The UN embarked this week on a renewed bid to negotiate a political transition in Syria.

May 06, 2015
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

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