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Syria Can Be Resolved by International Action

Cody Cain | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The world community possesses the ability to end the abominable war in Syria. The only question is whether it possesses the will to do it.

The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

"The first thing we need to do is find a way in which we can 'freeze' the situation in Aleppo. These people have been under siege for two years. The city is very close to collapsing. If we do not do anything and the city collapses, it could fall into the hands of ISIS, which is only 20 kilometers away, and that would be an even bigger tragedy."

A Few Words of Praise for the UN

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

While Ban's words may not stop any further clashes, he echoes the concerns of an alarmed world -- and that may have some resonance with the combatants. All of these UN activities demonstrate in myriad ways the importance of the organization in ameliorating the dangers of spiraling crises and arriving at solutions that can help tamp down conflicts and stop escalation.

Joshua Hersh

Syrian People Struggle To Survive Humanitarian Disaster Hidden From Western Eyes | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.17.2013 | World

REYHANLI, Turkey -- In a weathered house in this small town on the Turkish border with Syria, four Syrian aid workers huddled around a bare desk insid...

UN Resolution Not Expected To Include Threat Of Force Against Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The United States does not expect a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria's chemi...

UN LIkely To Publish Syria Chemical Weapons Report Monday

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

A report by United Nations inspectors probing an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria will "probably" be published on Monday, French Foreign Minis...

Russia: UN Resolution Proposal 'Unacceptable'

Reuters | Posted 11.10.2013 | World

MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Russia told France on Tuesday that a proposal to adopt a U.N. Security Council resolution holding the Syrian government ...

UN Floats Plan To Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

Reuters | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

* Ban says Syrian chemical arms could be destroyed quickly * Russia says it urging Syria to hand over chemical arms (Adds quotes, d...

Kerry: No Decision Yet On UN Vote Over Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

PARIS, Sept 8 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States did not rule out the possibility of returning to the U...

China Calls For UN Role In Syria After U.S. Gives Up

Reuters | Posted 11.05.2013 | World

BEIJING, Sept 6 (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry urged a role for the U.N. Security Council in resolving the crisis in Syria on Friday after the...

Ryan Grim

Chomsky: Syria Strike Would Be 'War Crime' With Or Without Congressional Sign-Off | Ryan Grim | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-led attack on Syria without United Nations support would be a war crime regardless of congressional approval, Noam Chomsky, the a...

Syria Chemical Inspections 'Too Late To Be Credible,' U.S. Official Says

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

* Syria says US intervention would be "no picnic" * Iran warns of severe consequences * Syria suggests access will not be granted to chemical at...

UN Distances Itself From Claim That Syrian Rebels Used Chemical Weapons

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2013 | World

GENEVA, May 6 (Reuters) - U.N. war crimes investigators have reached no conclusions on whether any side in the Syrian war has used chemical weapons,...

UN Chief 'Gravely Concerned' By Israeli Strike

Reuters | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

(Adds detail) UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed "grave concern" on Thursday over reports...

With Paralysis Seizing the UN on Syria -- Is It Time for NATO to Take a View?

Michael Kay | Posted 12.24.2012 | World
Michael Kay

Whilst China and Russia besiege the Security Council by placing their own national interests ahead of the Syrian population, the other three fifths who hold permanent status may just have another card to play.

Syria, Human Rights and the United Nations

Ted Piccone | Posted 11.09.2012 | World
Ted Piccone

While Lakhdar Brahimi's mission on behalf of the U.N. Security Council and the Arab League to facilitate peace is admirable, he inherits a mandate that utterly failed, and conditions for peace have only gotten worse.

Tehran Visit Places Ban Ki-moon Between the Hammer and the Anvil

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.27.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Ban Ki-moon enjoys a reputation of moral clarity and of boldness to criticize and to cling to principles. This week's visit to Tehran, where the Non-Aligned Summit is being held, represents a major test for him.

A Devastating Regional War Is Not Farfetched

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.10.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Both China and Russia have used the Security Council to serve their own interests and within the formula of trade-offs between the two of them, not within the framework of the duties and responsibilities of countries that hold veto powers.

Twin Departures Signal Death Watch in Damascus

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 10.06.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

The flight to Jordan Monday of Syrian prime minister Riyad Farid Hijab demonstrates that growing numbers of longtime stalwarts of the Ba'ath party regime -- at least those from the country's Sunni majority -- now despair of a negotiated transition and want out.

White House Does Not Support U.N. Mission Extension In Syria

Reuters | Posted 07.19.2012 | World

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, July 19 (Reuters) - The White House on Thursday criticized the vetoes of Russia and China of a U.N. Security Council sanctions...

President Obama, Save Syria

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 08.13.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

We need to act now. In Syria, there is an opportunity to show the international community that the U.S. is willing to put all aside in order to protect the most basic violations of human rights.

Rwanda, Syria and the Responsibility to Protect

Simon Adams | Posted 06.04.2012 | World
Simon Adams

"Where is the world?" This is a question we have seen Syrians scrawl upon crude placards in Homs and elsewhere. And while the diplomatic mission of Kofi Annan must be vigorously supported, the time has arrived to begin contemplating other measures.

It's Time for Turkish Leadership on Syria

John Kiriakou | Posted 03.01.2012 | World
John Kiriakou

So if the Arab League, the United Nations, NATO and the U.S. have no intention of helping the Syrian people, who can? Only Turkey has the national interests, the means and the domestic political will to get the job done.