New York Times

Diplomats are facing a “100 times good” temptation as they work to establish new United Nations global objectives for development, known as Sustainable Development Goals, that will help set an overarching narrative for the world’s progress for the next 15 years.

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Sep 11, 2014
Varad Pande

Worlds apart, two leaders are planning to intervene in worsening conflicts outside their borders, and citing humanitarian concerns as their rationale. In Iraq, President Barack Obama and his administration are considering how to contain the violent march of radical Islamist militants and provide help to those whom the Islamists threaten with extermination. In the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a convoy of 280 trucks with what the Russians describe as “humanitarian aid” for the embattled region.

Aug 18, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, United States

The United Nations recently asked itself a soul-searching question: How have our blue-helmeted troops responded when civilians are attacked?

The answer: Not very effectively.

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Jul 12, 2014
Bruce Jones
United Nations

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