Russia is flexing its diplomatic muscles at the United Nations again. Moscow appears intent on using the U.N. to complicate American efforts to put pressure on North Korea and sow confusion over its own intentions toward Ukraine. Western diplomats should be alert, because Russia is a fine player of the U.N. game.

Sep 11, 2017
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

A refugee crisis is what happens when large numbers of people fleeing poor, violent countries seek asylum in rich, peaceful countries, raising agonizing moral and political questions. This of course is what occurred in 2015, when a million refugees from Syria and elsewhere poured across Europe’s borders, provoking a backlash that brought nationalist parties to the verge of power and threatened the Continent’s liberal order. The refugees were the cause, rather than the victims, of the crisis in question.

Sep 11, 2017
James Traub
Europe, Middle East, Syria
© Global Peace Operations Review

For almost a decade, the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations (ARGPO) was the flagship publication of the Center on International Cooperation (CIC). During that time, CIC also released three editions of the Review of Political Missions.

Experts discuss the global political implications of potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2017.  Watch a video of the event below.  The transcript is available here.

Jan 13, 2017
Sarah Cliffe

Donald Trump likes attacking soft targets, and the United Nations is about as soft as they come. Over the past two months, U.N. officials have been bracing for an entirely inevitable clash with the next U.S. administration. Their only question has been exactly what would set off the showdown. Would it be climate change? Torture?

Dec 28, 2016
Richard Gowan
United Nations

Germany can either save Europe or refugees — not both. To stem the rise of the far-right, the chancellor will be forced to make gut-wrenching decisions.

Dec 12, 2016
James Traub
Europe, Middle East, Syria

Displaced people are occupying an increasingly central role on the world stage. Conflict and persecution have led to the highest number of refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers ever recorded. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of refugees are trapped in protracted exile, lasting five years or longer.

Oct 25, 2016
Gizem Sucuoglu
Middle East, Syria

As the displacement of Syrians and other refugees in Turkey becomes increasingly protracted with no quick solution to the conflict in Syria in sight, overstretching the resources and capacities for the refugee response to its limits, formulating strategies and solutions to address the medium to long-term needs of refugees and host communities becomes increasingly vital. 

May 22, 2016
Gizem Sucuoglu
Middle East, Syria

The first time I heard the German word “zwangsoptimist” was in a meeting to discuss ways to improve how the international system functions. Meaning “someone who feels compelled to be an optimist,” the word not only succinctly sums up my work for and alongside the U.N. over the past 27 years, but could also be a one-word job description for the organization’s next secretary-general.

Mar 28, 2016
Jim Della-Giacoma
Europe, Middle East, Syria, South Asia
United Nations

Barack Obama’s foreign policy reflects a moral duality that has befuddled friends and enemies alike

Mar 14, 2016
WPS Sidhu
Middle East, Libya, Syria, United States

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