• About Barbara Crossette

    Barbara Crossette is a fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center of CUNY as well as the United Nations correspondent for The Nation. She is also a board member of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Previously, Crossette was the UN bureau chief for The New York Times from 1994 to 2001 and before that its chief correspondent in Southeast Asia and South Asia. She is the author of "So Close to Heaven: The Vanishing Buddhist Kingdoms of the Himalayas," "The Great Hill Stations of Asia" and a Foreign Policy Association study, "India: Old Civilizations in a New World."

    Crossette won the George Polk award for her coverage in India of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 and the 2010 Shorenstein Prize for her writing on Asia.

    Christians in India Fear Increasing Hindu Nationalist Attacks

    by  • January 28, 2015 • India • 
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    After many churches in Orissa state in India were burned in 2008 riots, Christians began attending house churches, where they are relatively safe and can learn about the Bible. ASIA STORIES/FLICKR

    Three world leaders visiting India in recent days have found reason to speak publicly about the importance of diversity and tolerance. First, it was the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, then United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. But the most pointed remarks came from President Barack Obama, who was an official guest at India’s...

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    The Post-2015 Goals: People Around the World Talk Back

    by  • January 25, 2015 • Development, Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Men guide camels on a bridge through traffic in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013.

    Advocates offering some alternative ideas and a few dissenting views on the Sustainable Development Goals on track to be adopted by the United Nations at a special session later this year are convening on Jan. 26 in New York to air opinions from all major developing regions on this critical new proposed set of...

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    2015: A Year of Potential Landmarks for the UN

    by  • January 13, 2015 • Governance, LGBT, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 
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    The view of a helicopter floating above the Peruvian Andes during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's trip to the country in December 2014 for the climate change conference. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    By almost every measure, this year will be monumental for the United Nations. The organization will be 70 years old and that will inspire, as anniversaries always do, a lot of stocktaking, analysis and, of course, criticism. Past stumbles will get attention and an army of  “reformers” will offer prescriptions for the future. In...

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    Yazidi Women in Iraq Describe ‘Unspeakable Brutality’ Under IS Rule

    by  • January 4, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    The news from Syria and Iraq is most often dominated by besieged cities and airstrikes on the strongholds of the Muslim extremists of the Islamic State. What those fighters are doing to women they abduct is often hidden by the terrorizing captivity under which they are held. The daily horror of torture, rape and...

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    In 2014, a Year of Catastrophes, Women Still Made Some Gains

    by  • December 26, 2014 • Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Michelle Bachelet

    Amid the horrors that women and girls have suffered around the world in 2014 — including being forced to flee their homes by the hundreds of thousands in Syria, the sexual enslavement of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and the kidnapping and forced conversion to radical Islam of girls from schools in northern Nigeria...

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    Ameerah Haq: ‘I’ve Had a Great Run — 40 Years’

    by  • December 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, Women's Issues • 9 Comments
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    Ameerah Haq

    Ameerah Haq, who will serve as vice chair of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed high-level panel reviewing United Nations peace operations, has strong views on putting torn countries back together. Haq, a UN official about to retire after nearly four decades in the organization, began her career in the farming fields and villages of...

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    UN Peacekeeping Upgrades Its Reactions to Conflicts and Adds Surveillance Tools

    by  • November 11, 2014 • Africa, Peace and Security, UN Agencies, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Hervé Ladsous

    By the time United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named a panel in October to review peacekeeping comprehensively for the first time in more than 14 years, innovations in technology and intelligence-gathering to make UN missions more effective had already been introduced by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The strategic and tactical changes, some...

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    Why Indian Women Are Forced Into Risky Sterilizations

    by  • November 17, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, India, Women's Issues • 
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    A meeting of women in India. RAKESH SAHAI/ADB

    The tragic deaths of more than a dozen women in India recently, after being sterilized in assembly-line style by a doctor and his assistants eager to cash in on as many procedures as possible on a given day — at least 83 in a few hours in this case — are the symptom of...

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