In the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash over eastern Ukraine, few people have been able to take charge of what has been, by all accounts, a chaotic and tragic scene. But one group, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has been able to send international observers to the site of the disaster.

Jul 21, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

Russia seemed ready to mount a full-scale incursion into eastern Ukraine as early as April, it avoided such an open challenge to the West. The U.S. and Europe reciprocated by limiting sanctions against Moscow in the second quarter of this year. But these signs of restraint have given way to chaos.

Read the full World Politics Review article West Needs New Rules to Contain Proxy Wars With Russia

Jul 21, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

The UN is currently in poor health but the severity of its condition is not yet clear, Richard Gowan argues in this paper commissioned by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue for the 2014 Oslo Forum for senior mediators. Gowan assesses the impact of events in South Sudan, Syria and Ukraine for the UN, and warns that the organization's operational and political credibility is weakening.

Jul 15, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Horn of Africa, Middle East
Peace and Security

Is Ukraine a promising model for the management of future international crises? At first glance, it looks like nothing of the sort. Kiev is in the middle of a bloody military campaign to regain control of towns and cities in the east of the country from pro-Russian rebels. More and more civilians have been caught in the crossfire.

Jul 15, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security

In Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension Between Rivalry and Restraint, Brookings Senior Fellow and my CIC colleague Bruce Jones sets out a compelling analysis of the present global power structure.

Jun 19, 2014
Elsina Wainwright

In this Lowy Institute Analysis, Richard Gowan reviews Australia’s time as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Gowan argues that while it has not changed the world, Australia has acquitted itself well, bringing extra rigour and professionalism to the Council’s debates. It has carved out a niche on the issue of humanitarian access in the Syrian conflict, and solidified its reputation as a good international citizen and a serious country.

Jun 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, South Asia
Peace and Security

The Lowy Institute today publishes a review of Australia’s “turbulent term” on the UN Security Council.

Jun 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, South Asia
United Nations

Eighteen months into their two-year term on the Security Council, Australia’s diplomats at the UN have become masters of crisis management. For more than a year they have played a major role in talks on humanitarian aid to Syria, forging a fragile consensus with Russia and China on the need to assist the suffering.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald article Australia's battle at the UN

Jun 10, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria, South Asia
Peace and Security
United Nations

Over the past six months, United Nations peacekeeping has come closer to catastrophe than at any time since the Rwandan genocide and Srebrenica massacre. The UN mission in South Sudan was caught off-guard when the country imploded last December. The crisis has claimed at least 10,000 lives. More then a million civilians have fled their homes, with 80,000 sheltering in UN compounds 

Read the full Chatham House article UN Peacekeepers: Not perfect but just good enough

Jun 06, 2014
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

The Russian Federation truly is the successor state of the Soviet Union when it comes to working the levers of the United Nations to its benefit. From its position as a permanent member of the Security Council, it gains both the prestige that comes with such a lofty place in the international system and a platform to tweak the great powers of the world whenever it wants.

Read the full Think Progress article Russia: The Ultimate Troll Of The U.N.

Jun 05, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe
Peace and Security
United Nations

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