• Peacekeepers from Ecuador, left, and Chile providing care at the Fraternite Notre Dam Medical Clinic, above the hills of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. LOGAN ABASSI/MINUSTAH

    The UN Tightens Rules on Peacekeeping Troops’ Medical Status

    by  • July 6, 2015 • 
    Email This Post Email This Post

    Almost five years after a rampaging cholera epidemic coursed through the Artibonite River region of Haiti and moved rapidly around the country, the United Nations, which acknowledges that a deadly strain of the disease originated in or around a Nepali peacekeepers’ base, is tightening medical prevention rules for soldiers and police. National governments will...

    Read more →
    Wang Yi, right, foreign affairs minister; Liu Jieyi, China's ambassador to the UN, February 2015. DEVRA BERKOWITZ/UN PHOTO

    Among Security Council’s P5, China and Russia Spending More on Defense

    by  • June 29, 2015 • 
    Email This Post Email This Post

    Among the five veto-holding permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, some of the most militarized nations in the world — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States — only China and Russia have increased their defense spending in the last year. Britain, France and the US have experienced stagnant military spending,...

    Read more →

    From Brahimi to Ramos-Horta, a 15-Year Peacekeeping Quest

    by  • June 23, 2015 • 
    Email This Post Email This Post

    Italian troops in the UN mission in Lebanon, called Unifil, en route to the blue line in southern Lebanon. PASQUAL GORRIZ

    SYDNEY, Australia — In August 2000, Lakhdar Brahimi, a prominent United Nations diplomat from Algeria, submitted his landmark review on UN peacekeeping to the secretary-general at the time, Kofi Annan. The previous year had been crucial for peacekeeping. The retrenchment of the mid-90s had subsided and a new era of peacekeeping activism had begun. Missions were...

    Read more →