New York Times

The conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, not to mention the war in Syria, have presented diplomats with emotional testimonies of civilian suffering, even alleged crimes against humanity. Yet the 15-member Council has been unable to end these conflicts. The problem is not that the major world powers don’t care. It is that they care too much.

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Jul 28, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East

The morning after an aid convoy came under fire when it tried to reach a besieged Syrian city, a meeting here on a draft resolution that would force all parties in the bloody conflict to allow access for humanitarian organizations fell apart when representatives from Russia and China failed to show up, United Nations Security Council diplomats said.

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Feb 10, 2014
Richard Gowan

Twenty years after Rwanda, is the United Nations any better at preventing mass atrocities?

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Jan 17, 2014
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa

Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to replace Susan E. Rice as the American ambassador to the United Nations, has a history of disparaging both the institution and its leader.

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Jun 08, 2013
Richard Gowan
United States

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