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Paris wants a gentlemen’s agreement among the council’s five veto-wielding permanent members not to veto resolutions meant to halt mass atrocities.

Sep 25, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States
United Nations

The United States holds a powerful seat at the United Nations. But while the superpower has been lauded for helping the world body resolve some conflicts, it has also been accused of hindering progress in others and as this year’s General Assembly kicks off.

Read the full CCTV America article US setting the tone for UN discussions on multiple crises

Sep 24, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States

The Islamic State and Ebola discussions focus world leaders.

Read the full El Pais article in Spanish An Obama overwhelmed by global crises seeks support at the UN

Sep 23, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States
United Nations

The United Nations General Assembly has gotten underway in New York. The annual event sees 193 countries coming together to discuss the world's most serious issues. But getting them all to see eye to eye is not always that easy. In recent months, the UN Security Council has clashed over Syria, Ukraine and Gaza.

Read the full Channel NewsAsia article Cooperation a challenge as world leaders gather at UN

Sep 23, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States
United Nations

With his foreign policy in tatters, the president is coming to Turtle Bay hat in hand.

Read the full Politico Magazine article Why Obama Needs the U.N.

Sep 22, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States
United Nations

Ban Ki-moon revealed a new side to his character over the past week: Action Ban. The secretary-general of the United Nations announced that he was tired of just talking about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He outlined plans for an ambitious regional mission to fight the disease, then he hit the streets of Manhattan on Sunday, joining 310,000 marchers calling for urgent action over climate change.

Sep 22, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States, West Africa

Against the grim backdrop of global terrorism and a deadly health crisis, world leaders are preparing to convene in New York for their annual gathering at the United Nations General Assembly. The terrorist group calling itself the Islamic State and efforts to control the spread of the Ebola virus are expected to dominate discussions.

Sep 19, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States

On September 17, 2014 CIC Director Barnett Rubin spoke on a panel at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The event accompanied the launch of a report which examines the impact of US policy on a nuclear agreement on the Middle East. For more information on the event and report, please visit the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Sep 17, 2014
Middle East, United States

Upon first taking office, Barack Obama promised that his presidency would be all about hope. He made this offer to foreigners as well as Americans. Five years on, Obama is fighting conflicts that stubbornly refuse to end, but he still has a potent diplomatic weapon. It is not hope, but fear.

Read the full World Politics Review article Having Tried Hope, Obama Turns to Fear to Reaffirm U.S. Power

Sep 15, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States
United Nations

Gérard Araud, France's newly minted ambassador to the United States, arrived in Washington this month with a reputation for speaking his mind, a potentially perilous distinction for a career diplomat.

Read the full Foreign Policy article Can Washington Tame France's New Tart Tongued Ambassador?

Sep 10, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States