At an international peace conference for Syria in June 2012, participants agreed to what has become known as the Geneva Communiqué. It laid out a six-point plan intended to stop the violence and move the two sides towards a political settlement. The United Nations is trying to implement that framework at peace talks going on now in Switzerland where the two parties have finally agreed to meet.

Jan 27, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria

In the past month, events in the long, drawn-out process toward the dissolution of ETA, the violent Basque separatist organization, have taken a surprising turn.

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Jan 15, 2014
Teresa Whitfield
Europe

Can Europeans safely ignore rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific? Many in Europe now argue that, in the context of economic crisis and the US “pivot” to Asia, the European Union’s beleaguered member states should narrow their strategic focus to their troubled neighbourhood.

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Jan 14, 2014
Richard Gowan
East Asia, Europe, South Asia

Jordan takes over the U.N. Security Council presidency on Wednesday, the first day of its two-year stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and elsewhere.

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Dec 31, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria

Is there a lonelier or more poorly understood warrior than Francois Hollande?

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Dec 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa

The European Union is notorious for producing reams of official documents. Does it need to churn out another one on the state of the world?

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Dec 05, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe
United Nations

The European Union, most often preoccupied with its economic problems over the past few years, grappled with two strategic challenges last week. The first involved a tug-of-war with Russia over Ukraine. The second centered on Geneva, where the union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, chaired talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

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Nov 26, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East

China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Cuba won seats on the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday, despite fierce criticism of their records from rights campaigners.

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Nov 12, 2013
Richard Gowan

Over the past week, German politicians and the media have grappled with claims that the U.S. National Security Agency listened to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone calls. Is there a strategic case for the United States to sustain or expand its efforts to eavesdrop on German intelligence targets?

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Oct 28, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States

Five countries have won two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council, including two potentially controversial countries. Chad has faced U.N. scrutiny for its use of child soldiers among the ranks of its military, while Saudi Arabia regularly faces international criticism for the state of human rights, and especially women’s rights, in the oil-rich kingdom.

Read the full Voice of America article here

Oct 17, 2013
Richard Gowan
United Nations