In this exclusive interview with ECSSR Website Richard Gowan, talks about a range of issues related to conflict prevention and resolution. Gowan also sheds light on the progress on United Nations reforms, EU’s peacekeeping ambitions, ongoing conflict in Syria and possibilities of conflagration in the Korean peninsula. The interview was conducted on the sidelines of ECSSR’s 18th Annual Conference – The Future Warfare in the 21st Century.

Apr 15, 2013
Richard Gowan
East Asia, Europe, Middle East, Syria
United Nations

On April 15, 2013, Norway's Minister of International Development, Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås, spoke at the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute. Mr. Holmås' lecture focused on issues of development, income inequality, and global poverty.

Apr 15, 2013
Heikki Eidsvoll Holmås
Europe, United States

Does China have any real interest in cooperating on international crisis management with the West? 

Read the full World Politics Review article here.

Mar 11, 2013
Richard Gowan
China, Europe, Middle East, Syria

Diplomats are rarely dreamers or gamblers. The experience of grinding negotiations means that most ambassadors and their advisers dislike big ideas and unnecessary risks. But sometimes they have to take a gamble in pursuit of national goals.

Read the full World Politics Review article here

Mar 04, 2013
Richard Gowan

European soldiers, often mocked by American analysts in recent years, are back in fashion.

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Feb 11, 2013
Richard Gowan

France’s vow to battle Islamist militants in Mali “as long as necessary” risks plunging the former colonial power into a prolonged campaign, according to diplomats and experts.

Read the full Globe and Mail article here

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

The United Nations Security Council has different tools at hand to maintain international peace and security. Yet, beside prominent blue helmets and controversial sanctions, another sophisticated instrument often goes unnoticed: Political Missions.

Mar 01, 2011
Alischa Kugel

It took France the better part of a year to craft a UN-backed plan for dealing with the Islamist takeover of northern Mali that would avoid a French military intervention. Yet itonly took only a few hours to turn that project on its head.

Read the full BBC article here

Jan 22, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East

Initial French estimates of a brief conflict may be revised as militants are not breaking quickly, French airstrikes continue, and more French troops are on the way.

Read the full Christian Science Monitor article here

Jan 15, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, West Africa
Fragile States

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.

Read the full World Politics Review article here 

Jan 07, 2013
Richard Gowan