U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to get what they hoped for at the annual U.N. General Assembly after closing ranks to send a message to Iran that it may face war over its nuclear program.

Read the full Reuters article here

Oct 01, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States

Islamic countries have sought in the past to pursue the adoption of resolutions in the U.N. General Assembly and the Human Rights Council, and are likely to revive that effort in the months ahead. "A lot of these governments feel that they have to be seen doing something, even if it's a non-binding General Assembly resolution," said CIC Director Bruce Jones.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here.

Sep 26, 2012
Middle East
United Nations

While there will be grand pronouncements and formal sessions at the gathering of world leaders for the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, it will be the side events where the real work is done, according to Bruce Jones, an expert on international relations.

Read the full Epoch Times article here.

Sep 25, 2012
Bruce Jones
Middle East, Libya, Syria, Pakistan

After the United Nations Security Council’s failure to act in Syria, “it is better for the Arab countries themselves to interfere out of their national, humanitarian, political and military duties and to do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed in Syria,” Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani told the 193-member General Assembly yesterday.

Sep 25, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

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.  

Read the full World Politics Review article here

Sep 24, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East

To the gathering of leaders for the opening of the new UN General Assembly, Richard Gowan has published an article for the European Council on Foreign Relations reviewing UN human rights diplomacy and negotiations over the Syria crisis during the last year. This builds on earlier, more extensive, work for ECFR.

Read the full analysis here

Sep 24, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Even the most seasoned Middle East observers were taken aback by the events of early 2011. Protests born of oppression and socioeconomic frustration erupted throughout the streets; public unrest provoked violent police backlash; long-established dictatorships fell. How did this all happen? What might the future look like, and what are the likely ramifications for the United States and the rest of the world? In The Arab Awakening, experts from the Brookings Institution tackle such questions to make sense of this tumultuous region that remains at the heart of U.S.

Nov 10, 2011
Bruce Jones
Middle East

Veteran troubleshooter Lakhdar Brahimi took up faltering international attempts to end the Syria conflict on Saturday Sept 1, leaving predecessor Kofi Annan to tend his diplomatic wounds.

Read the full The Daily Star Lebanon article here

 
Sep 03, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Tandis que la bataille fait rage en Syrie, la France a convoqué pour jeudi 30 août une réunion du Conseil de sécurité sur laquelle plane une question lancinante: pour faire quoi, pour obtenir quoi, au juste?  

Lit l'article entier par Le Monde ici

Aug 30, 2012
Middle East, Syria, Afghanistan
Arab Awakening