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
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.
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.
Read the full World Politics Review article here by Bruce Jones