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

Les efforts déployés par la France à l'ONU suscitent un certain scepticisme.

Read the full Le Figaro article here

Aug 08, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security
Arab Awakening

As Syria spirals deeper into a full-scale civil war, Western delegations at the United Nations are increasingly skeptical about the value of appointing a replacement for Kofi Annan as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the conflict, U.N. envoys say.

Read the full Reuters article here

Aug 08, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security
Arab Awakening

UN secretary general thought to favour Nordic candidate to replace Kofi Annan, who will leave his post at the end of August.

Read the full Guardian article here.

Aug 08, 2012
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Kofi Annan knew he was taking on a "mission impossible" when he started his campaign to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to halt the Syrian war. But the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader might not have expected that he would encounter what analysts called "dishonesty, intransigence and incompetence" in his efforts.

Read the full American Free Press article here

Aug 02, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Who is next in line for “mission impossible” after Kofi Annan quit his role as international peace envoy to Syria in the face of intractable divisions among world powers over how to end the conflict?

Read the full International Herald Tribune article here

Aug 03, 2012
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security