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Last week’s top-level session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York offered three basic lessons. The first is that the United States can still dominate the U.N. when it wants to. The second is that a clear majority of other countries’ leaders are quite relieved to follow an American lead. But the third is that the U.N. is only really still relevant in two—admittedly sensitive—regions: Africa and the Middle East.

Sep 29, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly defied the international community's wishes regarding Ukraine, first by annexing Crimea then by supporting a separatist movement that has the country on the brink of civil war. This week, the Russian government arrived in New York to demonstrate its sincerity about making peace with Ukraine.

Sep 26, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States
United Nations

During his speech at the opening session of the UN General Assembly as well as when advocating for the binding resolution on foreign fighters, US President Barack Obama shifted some attention from the short-term threat posed by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to the longer-term goals of attacking extremist ideology at its source.

Read the full Asia News Network article US making strategic use of UN to build case

Sep 26, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

MUNPlanet brings you a special interview with Richard Gowan on the occasion of the Sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Sep 26, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Ukraine and Russia in conflict and the Ebola virus are all continue grabbing headlines as the 69th UN General Assembly gets underway this week. Earlier this week, NY1's Michael Herzenberg got a preview of the session from Richard Gowan of the NYU Center on International Cooperation.

Watch the full NY1 video here

Sep 26, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

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