• Disarmament

    Will All of Syria’s Arsenal of Chemical Weapons Be Destroyed?

    by  • October 24, 2014 • Disarmament, Libya, Middle East, Security Council • 
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    Sigrid Kaag

    After an extraordinary effort from the United Nations, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and about a half dozen countries, including the United States and Russia, 96 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been destroyed, acting on a UN Security Council mandate. The remaining 4 percent of the arsenal consists of...

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    How the Chemical Weapons Removed From Syria Will Be Destroyed

    by  • July 1, 2014 • Disarmament, Middle East • 
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    The Cape Ray, a United States naval ship, has been readied to destroy some of the chemical weapons removed from Syria.

    Although Syria has turned over all of its declared chemical weapons stockpile to international authorities, defying expectations that it would not meet a June 30 deadline, the next hurdle is securely destroying the material outside the country. Danish and Norwegian vessels have been tasked with removing the majority of the chemicals from the Syrian...

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    The Woman Who Opened Syria for UN Inspectors

    by  • October 16, 2013 • Disarmament, Middle East, Women's Issues • 
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    Angela Kane, UN high representative for disarmament affairs

    Angela Kane has covered a lot of territory for the United Nations, but one of her toughest jobs in a career spanning more than three decades may be negotiating with Syria to begin the still-uncertain process of destroying the chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad only recently denied he had. “It wasn’t easy,” Kane...

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    At Long Last, the UN Security Council Unites on a Syrian Resolution

    by  • September 26, 2013 • Disarmament, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Samantha Power

    In rare action-packed diplomacy at the United Nations, a draft resolution was agreed on Sept. 26 by the five permanent members of the Security Council, reinforcing the plan made earlier in the month between Russia and the United States to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, after Syria agreed to join the Chemical Weapons Convention....

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    Ban Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Leashed on Syrians, Based on UN Report

    by  • September 16, 2013 • Disarmament, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council • 
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    Secretary General receives report on chemical weapons use in Syria

    The much-awaited report by the United Nations investigative mission on the use of chemical weapons in Syria on Aug. 21 in Ghouta has been handed over to the secretary-general by Ake Sellstrom, the head of the mission; it has not been released to the public yet by the UN but France put it online....

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    The UN Awaits Results of Chemical Weapons Analysis From Syria

    by  • September 3, 2013 • Disarmament, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council • 
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    Ban Ki-moon

      In the daily unfolding drama behind the recent investigation by a United Nations team on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that all biomedical and environmental samples gathered by the inspectors “at sites of possible chemical weapons use in Syria” will arrive at designated laboratories in...

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    Make Peace Not War, Activists Push at the UN

    by  • June 17, 2013 • Africa, Development, Disarmament, Human Rights, Security Council, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

      A lifeless baby lies on the ground. Half of a woman’s face has been blown off. A mother screams in a hospital after losing her son because of inadequate medication. A text fills the big white screen: global military spending amounts to $1.7 trillion a year. Less than a fifth of that would...

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    The Arms Trade Treaty Attracts 67 Signers So Far

    by  • June 4, 2013 • Disarmament, General Assembly, Peace and Security • 
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    Romanian ambassador to the UN

    The creation of the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to control the international trade of conventional weapons and reduce “human suffering,” marks a solid achievement for the United Nations this year in its primary role of securing peace worldwide. And so it went to great lengths on June 3 to promote the success at...

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    More Bark Than Bite in North Korea

    by  • April 17, 2013 • Asia, Disarmament, Peace and Security, Security Council • 2 Comments
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    Kim Jong-un

    Theodore Roosevelt’s approach to foreign policy was to “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has confused the two. North Korea’s rhetoric is nothing new — in fact, it’s become de rigueur for Pyongyang to threaten war whenever it wants an increase in its foreign aid allowance,...

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