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The Latest Blow to Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Stephen Zunes | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Using Orwellian logic, U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power claimed that the resolution calling for the establishment of two states for two peoples would somehow undermine the effort "that makes it possible to achieve two states for two people."

Security Council Vote Legitimizes Israeli Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Maybe the vote in the council was merely a step in a larger scheme that will legitimize going to various international agencies. But the world community, and especially the US, have failed in their mission and have indirectly legitimized the illegal Israeli occupation.

Diplomacy, Timing and Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.17.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian resolution to set a two-year time limit means that no specific decision is required at the current time of Israel. However, if such a resolution passes in the Security Council, this will leave its mark on the Israeli elections.

The Politics of UN Leadership

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

The contest for UN secretary-general is about neither vision nor the best resume, language skills, administrative ability, or even personal charisma. It is a political decision, made principally by the Permanent 5 members of the Security Council. The result is that the "least unacceptable" candidate gets the job.

U.S. Seeks Sanctions In South Sudan Conflict

AP | By EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 01.04.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.S. official says the United States is seeking a U.N. resolution that would authorize sanctions against individuals undermi...

Record Number of Women Makes History at UN Security Council

A View from the United Nations | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
A View from the United Nations

Women ambassadors are filling over a third of the Council's 15 seats, making history at the venerable institution and sending out a strong message about women's empowerment.

Security Council Sees Grim Images Of Syrian Dead

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil wa...

The 'Jerusalem Committee' Reconsidered

Ahmed Charai | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.

Saudi Arabia Spurns Its UN Security Council Seat

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

Bit by bit, as it often happens, the real reasons for the action are being pieced together.

Saudi Arabia Declines UN Security Council Seat

AP | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI | Posted 12.17.2013 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying t...

Iran Makes Headway but the Bargain has not yet Matured

Raghida Dergham | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

Neither has the bargain matured nor are conditions ripe for a handshake between US President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rohani. We are ...

UN Security Council To Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program With Iranian FM

AP | MATTHEW LEE and LARA JAKES | Posted 11.26.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Foreign ministers from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany will meet with Iran's top diplomat on Thu...

Putin's Great Game

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Howard Schweber

Putin's game is larger than Syria, and his audience is not the American voters, although he is happy to take advantage of the dysfunctional state of American politics. Putin's audience is somewhere else entirely: the capitals of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and China.

Friday Talking Points -- Cold War Nostalgia

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Before we get this ball rolling, we have two minor points which relate to the calendar which we feel merit mentioning. First, for the superstitious among us, it's not only Friday the 13th, but it's actually a double-dose, being 9/13/13. Wooo! Scary!

France To Float U.N. Security Council Resolution On Syria

AP | Posted 09.10.2013 | World

PARIS -- France will float a resolution in the U.N. Security Council aimed at forcing Syria to make public its chemical weapons program, place it unde...

Seeking a Viable UN Path Forward on Syria

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Perhaps the administration conceives air strikes as the lever to push the Syrian resistance to the long-promised negotiating table with Assad's government. But even if this is the game plan, the administration should be laying the groundwork now.

When Should We Violate International Law in Order to Enforce It?

Craig Martin | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Craig Martin

Those who advocate for yet again violating the norm on aggression should consider the long term ramifications of this for the international legal order.

If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can't We?

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The British parliament's vote against going along with the United States' attack on Syria is a direct result of that country's attempts to come to terms with the lies of the Iraq War.

Russia Dismisses Britain's Syria Resolution

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Britain on Wednesday that the U.N. Security Council should not consider a d...

Syria and a UN With Teeth?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

If any effective way of settling disputes or preventing bloody conflict in the future is to come about, the whole structure of the UN needs to be changed.

On the Brink of War

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

The United States is once again on the brink of war in the heart of the Middle East. While the necessity of some kind of military intervention -- if only symbolic in nature -- is now evident, the risks are enormous.

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 Fall of Qusayr: A Scar on the Conscience of the Security Council

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

The international community can receive congratulations, like those received by Hezbollah from the Islamic Republic of Iran, on the occasion of the fa...

'At the Heart of the UN's Work': An Interview With Ambassador Susan Rice

ZP Heller | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
ZP Heller

With a reputation for being charming, witty and funny in person, Rice is known for being candid and persuasive at the United Nations. She responded by email to interview questions posed by The InterDependent.

Amid Nuclear Threats, UN Provides Platform to Advance U.S.-China Relations

Peter Yeo | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

In the wake of newly-passed UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea, Pyongyang has issued a new batch of heated rhetoric nearly every day. B...