Despite the presence of 1,500 peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). U.N. planners believe that drones would improve the operation's ability to track, and possibly pre-empt, hostile militia movements in future. There are further plans to deploy drones to other U.N. missions in West Africa.
History may be about to play a nasty trick on the Obama administration. The diplomatic renaissance in the U.S. seems to be coinciding with a worrying decline in interest in diplomacy among other powers.
The United Nations General Assembly met on 18 October to elect five new nonpermanent members of the Security Council. Although the winners will not begin their terms until January, the U.N. is approaching the end of two turbulent years in which three major powers -- Germany, India and South Africa -- have held temporary seats in the council, playing prominent roles in its debates over Libya and Syria.
As the battle for Aleppo has dragged on and diplomatic efforts to forge a peace deal have been derailed, it has been hard to assess whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime are close to collapse or able to sustain a protracted war.
The recent national elections have refocused international attention on Libya. In this new op-ed, Emily O'Brien draws attention to the deep engagement of the international community in rebuilding Libya, a role that has gone largely overlooked.
Read the full World Politics Review article here by Emily O'Brien
While pessimism is not in short supply in Pakistan, other resources are increasingly scarce. This is driving the country toward a crisis characterized by interlocking economic, political and security dimensions, and has already brought the government close to fiscal collapse.
Read the full World Politics Review article here by David Steven