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South Sudan: Will It Turn Into Another Somalia?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Two and a half million people died before South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, became independent in July 2011. But in just one week, fighting spread among former liberation leaders, thrusting the country into the cusp of a civil war.

Stop Endless International Welfare

Richard Grenell | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Richard Grenell

It is imperative that UN diplomats and permanent members of the Security Council understand there needs to be a peace to keep or a political will to support before launching a new operation. And before renewing an existing peacekeeping mandate, there must be progress made.

Syrian Rebels Release UN Peacekeepers

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 07.12.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian rebels on Sunday released four Filipino U.N. peacekeepers they abducted last week in a dramatic incident that prompted ...

Morocco and US Must Not Let Recent Spat Harm Their Historic Friendship

Craig Considine | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Craig Considine

Both countries should remain in harmony and continue to be worthy companions as they embark on stabilizing a region in which they both have security interests.

When Peacemakers Become Perpetrators: Kathryn Bolkovac Introduces The Whistleblower at the UN

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Lia Petridis Maiello

Kathryn Bolkovac had a passion for representing an institution that symbolizes the culture of peace, humanity and international justice like no other in the world. After living up to the moral standards set by the very same institution, her career in international law enforcement ended in April 2001.

Mali: The Case for US Action

John Tirman | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
John Tirman

The disfavor for intervention among American politicians and the public is understandable and a good restraint. But occasionally making a stand against atrocity and extremism, particularly when it's in danger of spreading, is a worthy goal for a great power. Mali just might be the place.

Blasphemy Day -- Because We Can!

Edward Falzon | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

As long as we condemn a video before we condemn a violent reaction to it, we'll always be bestowing power upon those who wish to pass the kind of anti-blasphemy law being pitched at the UN.

Carrying The Torch For Peace

Peter Yeo | Posted 09.26.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

As over 10,000 of the world's greatest athletes convene in London for the 2012 Olympic Games, three stand out to me for their triumphs in rising from histories of war and conflict to represent their nations with pride.

PMSC Not Ready for U.N. Prime Time

David Isenberg | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

For many years now, private military and security contractor (PMSC) advocates have argued that utilization of PMSC in United Nations peace operations offers an alternative to doing nothing or trying to organize a frequently dysfunctional U.N.-sponsored, often ill-equipped and organized intervention.

The Father's Day Card You Need to Sign

Peter Yeo | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Peter Yeo

As I look at my two sons and count the innumerable blessings they have brought to my life, I cannot help but be reminded of these families who will not be together on Sunday.

On Its Birthday, U.N. Peacekeeping Gives Back

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

For six decades, these men and women -- most recognizable in their blue helmets -- have been responsible for restoring stability where terror lived.

What Voters Want: A Strong US-UN Relationship

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Peter Yeo

When 83 percent of polled Republicans, Democrats and Independents are together on an issue, it stands out as more than simply a consensus -- it's a mandate. That's how many voters want the U.S. to maintain an active role in the U.N.

Has Foreign Aid Hurt Haiti: An Interview with Mario Joseph

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Mario Joseph is Haiti's most influential and respected human rights attorney. Since 1996, he has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, which uses prominent human rights cases and a victim-centered approach in the interest of the poor majority.

UN Use of PMSC? It's a Reality, Not a Hypothetical

David Isenberg | Posted 03.04.2012 | World
David Isenberg

There are a variety of U.N. agencies that use a variety of companies for both logistical and security needs and have competed for those contracts. Indeed, some companies have a history of working with the U.N. which dates back decades.

Less Than 24 Hours Before Elections, Liberia Hit By Deadly Violence

AP | JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 01.07.2012 | World

MONROVIA, Liberia — Violence broke out at opposition headquarters, killing at least one person hours before Liberia's presidential runoff on Tue...

Hollywood, Sex Trafficking and the United Nations

Kelly Moore | Posted 11.06.2011 | World
Kelly Moore

UN personnel must be held accountable for violations of the law and administrative cover-ups of misdeeds. It should not take a Hollywood film to shame the UN Secretariat and member states into remedying this disgraceful situation.

WikiLeaks Reveals UN Workers Traded Food For Sex

AP | By LAURA BURKE | Posted 11.01.2011 | World

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast -- United Nations peacekeepers in Ivory Coast enticed underage girls in a poor part of the West African nation to exchange sex fo...

Marcus Baram

Sudan Violence Threatens To Upend Fragile Peace

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.24.2011 | World

Africa's largest country is on the verge of reigniting a conflict that killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated the region over a decade....

Once West Africa's Rising Star, Ivory Coast Faces Dangerous Horizon

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.09.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The crisis engulfing the Ivory Coast is a lesson in how even the trappings of democracy can fail to keep a fragile nation from breaking apart. It wasn't supposed to be this way.

Ivory Coast: Will a Change of Leadership Stop Civil War?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

With the battle for control of the Ivory Coast nearing an end, explosive divisions remain unresolved and revenge killings are expected after months of unthinkable horror.

Ivory Coast -- Descent Into Brutality and Civil War

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Some government leaders keep going and going. They would rather see their country descend into anarchy than leave office. Gaddafi is one. Mugabe is another. So is the president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo.

Haiti Elections: A Sham in the Time of Cholera

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isabel Macdonald

In the midst of a cholera epidemic that has killed a reported 1,300 Haitians, the U.S., Canada and the United Nations insisted that Haiti's elections go ahead today, as scheduled.

Report: Afghans May Have Killed Four UN staff in "Friendly Fire"

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Afghan security forces probably killed an American security officer and three other UN staff during a "friendly fire," exchange during a fog of warfare.

UN Peacekeeping System Still A Work In Progress

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Ten years ago, veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi oversaw a landmark report chronicling the U.N. peacekeeping's failures to preve...

5 Lessons from Congo for Afghanistan Mining

David Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Sullivan

It's worth delving into the less obvious links between mineral resources and instability in eastern Congo to illustrate the potentially grave effects of a gold, lithium, or niobium rush in Afghanistan.