One hundred and seventy soldiers, 50 degree heat, 10 months away from home and 700 individual missions to complete. This all adds up to one of the toughest deployments in recent Chinese military history, undertaken by the first batch of People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers sent on a UN peacekeeping operation in the war-torn West African country of Mali.

Read the full Global Times article Keeping peace in the Sahara

Nov 12, 2014
Richard Gowan
China, West Africa
United Nations

There are reasons to think that Africa may be a place where prospects of Sino-European cooperation are promising. EU members – and above all France – continue to play an active role in crisis management in weak African states like Mali, Somalia, and the Central African Republic. 

Read the Full ECFR article African Security – a bright spot for Sino-European cooperation

Nov 04, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

MUNPlanet brings you a special interview with Richard Gowan on the occasion of the Sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Sep 26, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Ukraine and Russia in conflict and the Ebola virus are all continue grabbing headlines as the 69th UN General Assembly gets underway this week. Earlier this week, NY1's Michael Herzenberg got a preview of the session from Richard Gowan of the NYU Center on International Cooperation.

Watch the full NY1 video here

Sep 26, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

UN secretary general prepares to welcome more than 140 heads of state to organisation's general assembly this week.

Read the full Guardian article Ban Ki-moon: 'World living in an era of unprecedented level of crises'

Sep 22, 2014
Richard Gowan

Ban Ki-moon revealed a new side to his character over the past week: Action Ban. The secretary-general of the United Nations announced that he was tired of just talking about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He outlined plans for an ambitious regional mission to fight the disease, then he hit the streets of Manhattan on Sunday, joining 310,000 marchers calling for urgent action over climate change.

Sep 22, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States, West Africa

After a marathon negotiation session, the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals finalized its outcome document.

In West Africa, civil wars have receded, democracy has gained ground and economies are growing. But a destructive new threat is jeopardizing this progress: with local collusion, international drug cartels are undermining our countries and communities, and devastating lives.

Jun 18, 2014
Camino Kavanagh

This new Routledge volume, edited by Marco Wyss and Thierry Tardy provides a comprehensive analysis of the trends and challenges of international peacekeeping in Africa. In their contribution to the volume, former CIC staff member Megan Gleason-Roberts and CIC Senior Program Officer Alischa Kugel analyze the changing dimensions of international peacekeeping in Africa, including how civilian-led political missions, regional deployments and over the horizon security guarantees are increasingly important tools for crisis response.

Feb 25, 2014
Alischa Kugel , Megan Gleason-Roberts

The main objective of this background paper is to develop a preliminary overview of i) the international, regional and national policy and operational responses that have been developed in response to drug trafficking in West Africa to date, and the types of drugs they target; ii) the implementation status of these initiatives; iii) the perceived impact of these responses to date, including the mechanisms that have been established to monitor and measure impact and effectiveness; and iv) the main multi- and bi-lateral partners engaged in supporting regional efforts to stem drug trafficking.

Sep 02, 2013
Camino Kavanagh
West Africa
Organized Crime

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