The United Nations warned Tuesday, December 25, that Syrians are "losing hope" as war worsens in their country, with prospects of a diplomatic end now at rock bottom, and international aid is cut.

Read the full Agence France-Presse article here

Dec 25, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

After a year of intensive diplomatic efforts by the world body, U.N.-Arab League peace mediator Lakhdar Brahimi of Algeria has made no more progress than his predecessor, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in getting the government and rebels to come to the negotiating table, or getting Russia and the United States to overcome their deep disagreements on Syria.

Read the full Reuters article here

Dec 28, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's latest talks with Syria's President Bashar Assad produced no sign of a willingness to negotiate, diplomats said, and there are mounting warnings of a sectarian war taking over the uprising against Assad.

Read the full Naharnet article here

Dec 25, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Fragile States

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.

Oct 18, 2012
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Libya, Syria, India
India, 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
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security
Arab Awakening

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.

Read the full World Politics Review article here

Aug 13, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Arab Awakening