While the specifics of the post-2015 development agenda are still being discussed, there is substantial momentum behind a “transformative” and “universal” agenda. But what does that mean?

Jan 13, 2014

The European Union, so often accused of lacking strategic purpose, seems to have discovered a new security role: keeping African airports safe.

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Jan 13, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

The United Nations has eight peacekeeping operations in Africa. As the number of simultaneous missions has increased, one of the challenges facing peacekeeping operations in Africa is how quickly to deploy troops to war zones. CIC's Richard Gowan comments

Dec 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
United Nations

Is there a lonelier or more poorly understood warrior than Francois Hollande?

Read the full World Politics Review article here.

Dec 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa

 In early 2013, peace operations have entered new and uncharted waters that may set the stage for major changes in multilateral conflict management in the years to come.

Lists of African success stories do not tend to include Chad. More than half of the country’s citizens live below the poverty line. Yet this year, Western powers and the U.N. have turned to Chad to help manage new crises in Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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Nov 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Sub-Saharan Africa
Crises

Five countries have won two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council, including two potentially controversial countries. Chad has faced U.N. scrutiny for its use of child soldiers among the ranks of its military, while Saudi Arabia regularly faces international criticism for the state of human rights, and especially women’s rights, in the oil-rich kingdom.

Read the full Voice of America article here

Oct 17, 2013
Richard Gowan
United Nations

The wars in Mali and Syria have followed very different trajectories over the past month. While Syria has become symbolic of international inaction, France’s use of force in Mali has shown that some Western governments are still willing to launch new interventions abroad. And while there have been no dramatic military shifts in Syria, French troops have pushed deep into northern Mali with growing speed.

Jan 28, 2013
Richard Gowan

Organized crime, public and private sector corruption, and the involvement of political actors in criminal activity are all long-standing features of political societies, regardless of country. But for developing countries, addressing these issues takes on heightened urgency and complexity: organized crime can derail development progress and foster broader insecurity. Delinking organized crime from politics while enhancing legitimate governance and the delivery of services will remain the most important challenge for many developing countries.

Is the United Nations on the verge of a disastrous summer? The organization is always vulnerable to political shocks as it juggles its peacekeeping duties, humanitarian aid and crisis diplomacy. It now faces an especially perilous period as it tries to navigate the wreckage of peacemaking in Syria while launching a potentially flawed peace operation in Mali. U.N. troops are also preparing to mount risky offensives against militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). If the U.N.

Jun 03, 2013
Richard Gowan
United Nations

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