United Nations

  • Syria: Between Sarajevo and Baghdad

    Thucydides, the great-great grandfather of unforgiving International Relations, once said, “The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept”.  British Foreign Secretary Hague’s announcement last week in Parliament that Britain will send armored vehicles and bullet-proof vests to support the Syrian National Coalition came just at the moment when

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  • Syria's Opposition: Ready or Not?

    As the Syrian uprising approaches its second year surely it is fair, with the passage of so much time, to pose a question: what good is an opposition that is not prepared to govern? 
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  • US-Mideast Policy Is Isolating America, Not Iran

    Two thirds of the U.N.'s countries recently signed a communique expressing support for Iran's nuclear energy program and rejecting, what they termed, the United States' unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic. A flashing red light that

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  • Preventing Atrocity Crimes in Syria: The Responsibility to Protect

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    Has the Syria crisis finally reached the tipping point for intervention? In Aleppo, Human Rights Watch reported thatSyrian aircraft have been deliberately bombing breadlines.


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  • UN Secretary-General Ki-moon Uses Harshest Rhetoric Yet in Call to End Bloodshed in Syria

    WASHINGTON, May 7 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight escalated the pressure on the international community to stop the violence in Syria, lamenting a “deficit of leadership,” while announcing a new deployment of observers to the country. 
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  • Ban Ki-moon: Assad May Suffer Fate of Qaddafi or Taylor

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hinted that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will suffer the fate of Laurent Gbago, Charles Taylor, or Muammar Qaddafi if his reign of violence continues. He declared, “no leader, anywhere, should imagine that he—or she—enjoys impunity for crimes of atrocity.”
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  • Ban Ki-moon: World Needs West's Leadership

    Ban Ki-moon declared that the world faces “an over-supply of problems,” a “deficit of solutions,” and a “deficit of leadership” and called on the United States and its transatlantic allies to provide it.
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  • US Returning to Security Council To Protect Syrians, Says Burns

    Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns is a rare breed in Washington — a career foreign-service officer in a job typically held by political appointees and a man esteemed by both Democrats and Republicans. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who kept Burns on as undersecretary of state and then promoted him to his current job last July, has called Burns “a one-person brain trust when it...
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  • Scowcroft: NATO Future as UN Security Force

    General Brent Scowcroft argues that NATO's Libya intervention may point to the future of the military alliance as the go-to enforcer of UN Security Council resolutions.
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  • Syrian Opposition Must Prove It Can Handle Foreign Funds

    In the aftermath of its latest meeting with international supporters, the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC) faces a crucial test: whether it can spend millions of dollars in foreign aid efficiently and without corruption. 

    Syria analysts and SNC members concede that the council has been slow to organize behind a single leader or vision to govern Syria once the brutal dictatorship

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