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.

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Oct 18, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

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

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

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Oct 10, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

Destroying the chemical horrors may prove the easy part of ending Syria's war as the United Nations struggles to bring the government and opposition to the negotiating table.

Read the full Agence France-Presse article here here

Oct 08, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

United Nations: The UN Security Council has demanded immediate and “unhindered” access to hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the Syrian conflict.

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Oct 03, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met under the steely gaze of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whose portrait hung over their negotiating table at U.N. headquarters, and hammered out their latest agreement Thursday on a U.N. Security Council resolution to scrap Syria's chemical weapons.

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Sep 26, 2013
United Nations

Can a humanitarian firebrand help forge a deal with Syria's dictator?

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Sep 23, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

The shadow of a worsening war in Syria hangs over more than 130 heads of state and government at the annual UN summit of world leaders this week.

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here

Sep 21, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

In her past life as an advocate against mass atrocities, Samantha Power wrote about the problem from hell. Now, thrust into the middle of high-stakes negotiations on Syria as the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, she’s living it.

Read the full Think Progress article here

Sep 11, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

As the United States and Russia discuss a possible diplomatic route for Syria to give up its chemical weapons, the matter ultimately may land at the U.N. Security Council. Consensus may be difficult for a Council that has been deeply divided over the Syrian conflict.

Read the full Voice of America article here.

Sep 13, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria