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Security Council Sees Grim Images Of Syrian Dead

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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...

Al-Bashir to Visit Chad... Again

Mariana Rodriguez Pareja | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
Mariana Rodriguez Pareja

A few weeks ago, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir made major news headlines when he visited neighboring Chad to attend the summit of the Community o...

Security Council Condemns Deadly Attack On Turkey

Reuters | Louis Charbonneau | Posted 12.04.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 4 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Thursday condemned a Syrian mortar attack on a Turkish border town that killed five p...

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.

In Defense of the U.N. Security Council

Richard Grenell | Posted 09.19.2012 | World
Richard Grenell

The U.S.-Russian relationship has always been a complicated and multifaceted one. But, yesterday's U.N. vote, the third veto from the Russia Federation on the issue of Syria alone, is proof that the Obama strategy has failed.

Assad at the Tipping Point

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 07.29.2012 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Two weeks ago the crackdown on peaceful protests at the university in Aleppo triggered a hemorrhage of support for the government. The international reaction to the Houla massacre seems set to accelerate that erosion.

Barack Obama -- Atrocity Preventer

Simon Adams | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Simon Adams

Beyond Syria, Obama's Atrocities Prevention Board needs to transcend rhetoric and U.N. vetoes in favour of meaningful multilateral engagement.