• US Navy Super Hornets prepare to launch from  USS George H.W. Bush in the Arabian Gulf, to conduct strikes against the terrorist group ISIS in Syria, Sept. 22, 2014. ROBERT BURCK/US NAVY

    Lakhdar Brahimi: When Will the US Learn From Its Mistakes in the Middle East?

    by  • September 26, 2014 • 
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    More than two decades of American naivety or misunderstanding of Arab and other regional societies, astonishingly poor planning and post-conflict miscalculations that undercut claims of success have left a deep mistrust and lack of confidence in the United States in the Middle East, in the view of the United Nations’ most experienced and savvy...

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    A pregnant woman lays by herself on a stretcher as people watch from a distance, afraid to touch her as she is suspected of having Ebola, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    Ebola’s Treacherous Claw Reaches Women the Most

    by  • September 23, 2014 • 
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    The United Nations has been almost the sole international body to ring any alarm bells about the disproportionate effect of the Ebola disease outbreak on women and children, where it has found that up to 75 percent of reported cases are women and approximately 2.5 million children under 5 years old live in Ebola-affected...

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    10 Snapshots of Smarter Peacekeeping

    by  • September 29, 2014 • 
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    It may seem that major current triumphs are hard to find when it comes to the work of United Nations Peacekeeping Department and its blue-helmeted military, police and civilian units, which have hit a record high number of 130,000 personnel worldwide. Led by Hervé Ladsous, a Frenchman, the department faces daunting challenges as it...

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    Demonstrating the use of a condom to women at a Marie Stopes family planning clinic in Nigeria.

    Climate Change and World Population: Still Avoiding Each Other

    by  • September 16, 2014 • 1 Comment
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    Despite their intimate relationship, climate change and world population are still not talking to each other. The lack of meaningful dialogue has persisted for decades, with both seeming to deliberately ignore the significance, relevance and impact of the other. With the simultaneous convening on Sept. 22 of a special session of the United Nations...

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