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
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security
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
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security

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.

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Sep 11, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States
Peace and Security

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
Peace and Security

Remarks on US Ambassador Samantha Power. 

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Sep 13, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States
Peace and Security

Western powers are heading towards a clash with Russia at the United Nations over how to enforce the surrender and destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal.

Read the full Guardian article here

Sep 10, 2013
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

Can Barack Obama ever trust the United Nations Security Council again? And will the Security Council, and the U.N. more broadly, trust the U.S. president? Last week, Obama vented his frustration with diplomacy over Syria at a press conference during the G-20 summit in Russia. Asked why he had called for military action in response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s resort to the use of chemical weapons, Obama claimed the alternatives “would be some resolutions that were being proffered in the United Nations and the usual hocus-pocus.”

Sep 09, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States
Peace and Security

President Obama’s stated willingness to go it alone on Syria surprises those who followed him during the previous administration, when, as a senator, he derided George W. Bush’s commitment to multilateralism and questioned his “coalition of the willing” in Iraq.

Read the full Washington Times article here

Sep 10, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States
Peace and Security