In her past life as an advocate against mass atrocities, Samantha Power wrote about the problem from hell. Now, thrust into the middle of high-stakes negotiations on Syria as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, she’s living it.

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Sep 11, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

As the United States and Russia discuss a possible diplomatic route for Syria to give up its chemical weapons, the matter ultimately may land at the U.N. Security Council. Consensus may be difficult for a Council that has been deeply divided over the Syrian conflict.

Read the full Voice of America article here.

Sep 13, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Remarks on US Ambassador Samantha Power. 

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Sep 13, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

Western powers are heading towards a clash with Russia at the United Nations over how to enforce the surrender and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.

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Sep 10, 2013
Richard Gowan

Can Barack Obama ever trust the United Nations Security Council again? And will the Security Council, and the U.N. more broadly, trust the U.S. president? Last week, Obama vented his frustration with diplomacy over Syria at a press conference during the G-20 summit in Russia. Asked why he had called for military action in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s resort to the use of chemical weapons, Obama claimed the alternatives “would be some resolutions that were being proffered in the United Nations and the usual hocus-pocus.”

Sep 09, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

President Obama’s stated willingness to go it alone on Syria surprises those who followed him during the previous administration, when, as a senator, he derided George W. Bush’s commitment to multilateralism and questioned his “coalition of the willing” in Iraq.

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Sep 10, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

Saudi Arabia, has been quietly exploring the possibility of seeking a U.N. General Assembly vote that would provide some cover for military action.

Sep 06, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

The United Nations is making a desperate new push for a Syria peace conference even as the United States prepares a possible military strike, according to diplomats.

Read the full Agence France Presse article here

Sep 05, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

It is time to set Lakhdar Brahimi free. After a year's service as envoy for the United Nations and Arab League to Syria, the veteran Algerian mediator faces the final breakdown of his efforts to end the war. Disillusioned with both the Syrian government and its opponents, he came close to resigning in May. Since then he has hung on, mainly because his departure would look like an admission that a peace deal is impossible. His demeanor suggests that he is painfully conscious of the hopelessness of his situation.

Sep 03, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

If the US and her allies launch air strikes on Syria, Irish troops serving with United Nations peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon could be at risk.

Aug 29, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria