World Politics Review

Non Resident Fellow Richard Gowan argues that the next American ambassador to the United Nations should have at least a passing interest in Africa, as roughly half of the Security Council's resolutions and statements focus on African issues, and 80 percent of UN peacekeepers are deployed on the continent.

Oct 15, 2018
Richard Gowan

The most worrying aspects of Trump’s performance at the UN General Assembly last week did not concern war and peace. Instead they centered on trade and aid.

Oct 01, 2018
Richard Gowan

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan discusses the implications of UN involvement in counterterrorist missions. He argues that while peacekeeping bodies are not meant to serve this function, their supportive involvement on peacekeeping efforts contributes to preserving higher levels of discipline and accountability. These could otherwise be absent without the UN’s multilateral checks.

Sep 10, 2018
Richard Gowan

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan delivers his thoughts on the important lessons former Secretary-General Kofi Annan has left for international diplomacy. Highlighting his most important strengths, Gowan argues that Annan will almost certainly be remembered as one of the best secretaries-general the UN has had.

Aug 22, 2018
Richard Gowan

2008 is synonymous with global financial instability. However, as the 10th anniversary of the last global financial crisis draws near, Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan highlights the lessons 2008 held for conflict management. Conflicts in that year, such as in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Georgia, show the risks that new conflicts carry for the international system. While overshadowed by global economic concerns, these unnoticed conflicts prefigured the wars of the coming decade in the Middle East and Ukraine. What ensued was a prevailing period of "strategic turbulence" for conflict management.

Aug 13, 2018
Richard Gowan

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan analyzes a new study commissioned by Britain's Stabilization Unit, a government office formed in the wake of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He explains that the new report, drafted by independent experts, focuses on how power brokers in war-torn countries strike political deals. The report argues that violence can be "stabilized", if not necessarily brought to a total halt, when political, economic or security elites make concrete bargains over how to divide up power and resources.

Aug 06, 2018
Richard Gowan

Today, peacemakers from organizations like the United Nations are most often trapped between two types of conflict they are unlikely to fix. Some conflicts, like those in Syria and Ukraine, are too geopolitically sensitive for impartial mediators to resolve. Others, like gang wars in Latin America, are too complex and fragmented for outsiders to end. Few seem “just right” for resolution. 

Jul 30, 2018
Richard Gowan

Ten years ago, stories about endemic violence in the Darfur region of Sudan often made headlines in the West. The conflict there continues sporadically but is all but forgotten today. This month, the Security Council agreed to slash the number of peacekeepers in the joint United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, or UNAMID, by almost half, with a view to closing the mission entirely in 2020. The decision created barely a ripple beyond the council. Nonetheless, the drawdown of UNAMID potentially marks a turning point for UN peacekeeping operations. 

Jul 23, 2018
Richard Gowan

Can big ideas, big data and even bigger academic books save the global system?

Jul 09, 2018
Richard Gowan

In his latest article for World Politics Review, CIC Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan argues that we should not be surprised by President Trump’s behavior at the recent G-7 summit. 

Jun 11, 2018
Richard Gowan
G8 and G20

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