Jordan takes over the U.N. Security Council presidency on Wednesday, the first day of its two-year stint on a 15-nation body struggling to cope with conflicts in Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and elsewhere.

Read the full Reuters article here

Dec 31, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

 In early 2013, peace operations have entered new and uncharted waters that may set the stage for major changes in multilateral conflict management in the years to come.

Sep 18, 2013
Alischa Kugel
Peace and Security

Turbulence in the Arab world and crisis in North Africa. The Middle East peace process on life support at best. Oil and food prices rising, causing global economic stresses and hardships. Mounting concerns about the sustainability of our growth. In the world’s dominant power, economic doldrums exacerbated by political gridlock; in Europe, policy confusion depressing growth. A competitor power rising, testing America’s weaknesses, probing for vulnerability.

Jan 09, 2013
Bruce Jones
Middle East, Libya, Syria, United States

The United States and Iran, having clinched a landmark interim deal suspending some aspects of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, turned their attention this week to addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here

Nov 26, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The January 22 start of landmark Syria peace talks in Geneva will be difficult to keep to as the war worsens and fallout spreads across the Middle East, analysts say.

Read the full Agence France Presse article here

Nov 26, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

The United Nations Security Council has received the first report from chemical weapons inspectors inside Syria. The report details the country's cooperation with the initial effort to destroy its capacity to manufacture the weapons but despite progress on that front, the humanitarian crisis there shows no sign of improvement.

Read the full Channel NewsAsia article here

Oct 28, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Saudi Arabia refused to accept the membership of the United Nations Security Council it won yesterday, citing issues including Syria’s civil war that it said show the world body is incapable of resolving conflicts.

Read the full Bloomberg Business Week article here.

Oct 18, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security

Saudi Arabia took the extraordinary step Friday of refusing to take its seat on the U.N. Security Council -- despite pursuing the position for years. It's an unprecedented protest over the council's failure to take firmer action in Syria and Palestine. And it comes at a time of growing Saudi frustration with American-led policies across the Middle East.

Read the full Foreign Policy article here.

Oct 18, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States
Peace and Security

Chosen as one of the most influential women in the world by Time magazine, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. undergoes a baptism by fire as she confronts the difficulties of Syrian diplomacy.

Read the full Le Monde article here

Oct 08, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States
Peace and Security

Worldpress.org Senior Editor Joshua Pringle spoke to Richard Gowan, Associate director at CIC, about the complexity of addressing the Syrian crisis.

Read the full Worldpress.org interview here

Oct 10, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria
Peace and Security