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America is Responsible for Aleppo's Destruction

Lionel Beehner | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Buried under rubble, Aleppo weeps. It was the most fascinating, glorious, majestic, and hodgepodge city I'd ever visited, an ancient city of narrow, t...

Revisiting the "Humanitarian" Intervention in Libya

Jeff Bachman | Posted 03.13.2017 | World
Jeff Bachman

Five years ago, on March 17, 2011, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 (2011) authorizing "regional organizations or arrangeme...

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

Where is our Responsibility to Protect the North Korean People?

Sylvia Kim | Posted 08.23.2016 | Impact
Sylvia Kim

Tensions between North and South Korea have been dominating news headlines with claims of a quasi-state of war. Tensions on the Korean peninsula are not uncommon. Unfortunately, neither is the repeated forgetfulness of the international community regarding the plight of the North Korean people.

Libya's Last Stand

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Ethan Chorin

If there was ever a J.R.R. Tolkien moment in the Libya conflict, it has arrived. The forces of good and evil are fighting the future of Libya.

"We Are Scared for Our Lives": On the Brink of Failure in the Central African Republic

Simon Adams | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Simon Adams

The deadly violence that has gripped CAR since December 2012 has spared no one. Government officials are targeted and killed, often in broad daylight and without sanction.

Parlez-vous Francais 'Problem from Hell'?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Why has France, which opposed the war in Iraq, suddenly taken up the mantle of humanitarianism? Is it guilt motivating France's latest bout of humanitarian interventionism? Or is the French government just more humane than ours? Actually, none of the above.

Some Thoughts for This Year's World Economic Forum

Ali Wyne | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Ali Wyne

While America's regenerative capacity has thus far allowed it to offset underperforming governance, hoping or trusting that it'll do so indefinitely doesn't seem like a smart bet. Nor will avowing its exceptionalism address its systemic challenges.

The UN, Rwanda and the 'Genocide Fax' -- 20 Years Later

Simon Adams | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Simon Adams

On this grim anniversary we should derive some solace from the fact that much has changed since 1994.

Previous U.S. Policy Haunts Present Diplomacy

Ian Williams | Posted 09.25.2013 | World
Ian Williams

Syrians are the victims of a smorgasbord of global double-dealing and hypocrisy that exceeds the sad standards we have become used to in this century....

Good Wars and Bad Anti-Wars?

Ian Williams | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Ian Williams

Accurate history is messy, because reality is messy -- and that is no more apparent than over Syria. The lines between good and bad are never as clear and bold as we would like.

The International Community's 'Responsibility to Protect' Should Include Climate Change

Brian Seavitt | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green
Brian Seavitt

The international community is still largely ignoring one of the most crucial human security issues of the 21st century: global warming.

2P or Not to 2P: That Is the Question

Ian Williams | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Ian Williams

To intervene, or not to intervene. That was not the question that British MPs answered in August. Defenders of dictators across the world have made no...

Saving Humanitarian Intervention From Itself

Blair Glencorse | Posted 11.08.2013 | World
Blair Glencorse

To protect populations more effectively, promote sound governance and generate greater economic opportunity over time, leaders should instead embrace a new doctrine: The Responsibility to Participate.

An Open Letter to the Congress on Syria

Yassamin Ansari | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Yassamin Ansari

The potential negative consequences of intervention are many, but isn't the risk of letting Assad get away with using chemical weapons even greater?

Protection of Civilians Must be Priority in Syria

Tom Andrews | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Tom Andrews

With more than 100,000 people killed and more than six million displaced within Syria or to neighboring countries, the current approach has clearly failed. And the longer the war continues, the deeper sectarian hatreds will build, increasing the chances for mass atrocities and genocide.

Syria Strike - Symbolic or Conflict Altering?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Intervention, even if limited or "measured" has to calculate the possibilities beyond the initial strike from counterstrikes and further escalation by Assad forces, to the diplomatic response of adversaries and hesitant allies.

Can Brazil Save the United Nations?

Simon Adams | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Simon Adams

Brazil's campaign for permanent membership on the UN Security Council must project a vision of the UN in the 21st century that is about enhancing universal human rights and confronting global problems.

Who Will Fix the United Nations Security Council?

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Robert Muggah

Not surprisingly, governments and civil societies at the sharp end of these missions -- especially in Africa, the Americas and Asia -- are demanding a greater say in decisions that affect them. Questions of international peace and security are frankly too important to be decided by five countries alone.

The Road To -- And From -- Damascus

Ian Williams | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Ian Williams

Ordinary Syrians are paying the price for the maladroit handling of the earlier intervention in Libya -- and indeed in Iraq. Blair and Bush's great adventure in Iraq understandably soured the enthusiasm of much of the world for intervention in general.

Rise of Global Citizen Patriot

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Choosing between loyalty to country and consideration for fellow global citizens has all along been a false choice.

Military Intervention in Syria? -- American People Show Greater Wisdom Than Washington

Charles Knight | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Charles Knight

When strong majorities hold opinions opposing military intervention in Syria there is something other than isolationism going on.

The Absence of R2P in Syria

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 04.12.2013 | World
K.J. Wetherholt

It's about time we deal with international crisis with more than the powerlessness of platitudes.

Killer SMS: Incitement and the Kenyan Elections

Simon Adams | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Simon Adams

Although hate speech may have been curtailed, campaigning along ethnic lines remains the standard operating procedure of Kenyan politics.

Emergent Powers: India, Brazil, South Africa and the Responsibility to Protect

Simon Adams | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Simon Adams

Those at risk of future mass atrocities need India, Brazil and South Africa to become Responsibility to Protect's champions and not sit on the sidelines of history. Indeed, their lives may well depend upon it.