World Politics Review

Is France the most influential nation at the United Nations today? To anybody who doesn't follow events at the U.N. closely, this may sound silly.

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Dec 03, 2012
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security
United Nations

For a man who regularly receives disturbing reports from war zones, last week was a particularly bad one for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Nov 19, 2012
Richard Gowan

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.

Oct 18, 2012
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Libya, Syria, India
India, United Nations

To help set the stage for the UN General Assembly discussions, Richard Gowan has published an article for World Politics Review on the Obama administration, the UN and Iran.  

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Sep 24, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East
Peace and Security

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.

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Aug 13, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening

Is the European Union about to engage in a proxy war in the Sahara?

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Aug 06, 2012
Richard Gowan
Libya, Sub-Saharan Africa
Fragile States

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.

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Jul 26, 2012
Emily O'Brien
Middle East, Libya
Fragile States

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.

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May 02, 2011
David Steven
South Asia, Pakistan

There's a warlord in the news again. With 86 million views and counting, the "Kony 2012" web video and its recently released sequel brought unprecedented attention to Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The videos are part of a campaign orchestrated by the U.S.-based NGO Invisible Children to rally international support for Kony's capture. The major news outlets responded in kind, with ABC, CNN and the New York Times casting Kony as a warlord.

Apr 09, 2012
West Africa

In an op-ed published by World Politics Review, CIC Director Bruce Jones argues that in cases from Haiti to Cote d'Ivoire, UN forces have proved more resilient to major challenges than many commentators had feared. But debates about costs have obscured these successes and may undermine future operations.

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Mar 14, 2012
Bruce Jones