• Peace and Security

    10 Snapshots of Smarter Peacekeeping

    by  • September 29, 2014 • Africa, Caribbean, Gender-Based Violence, General Assembly, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations, Women's Issues • 
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    Pakistani peacekeepers arrive in the Central African Republic.

    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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    UN Security Council Sanctions Six Terrorists Operating in Iraq and Syria

    by  • August 17, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Mark Lyall Grant

      If there is one anarchic group that every member of the United Nations Security Council currently finds abhorrent it is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which has seized large regions of Iraq this summer, astonishing most of the world. So, all 15 council members — including Russia and China — passed...

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    US State Department Says the Senate Blocks American Diplomacy Globally

    by  • July 18, 2014 • Governance, Peace and Security, US Foreign Relations • 
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    US Secretary of State John Kerry with tktkt

    All eyes may be on Secretary of State John Kerry and his seemingly tireless, though exhausting, travels from continent to continent as multiple crises unfold around the world. Now the State Department has lashed out at the United States Senate for denying him and American diplomacy the backup they need by stalling confirmation of...

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    Ramos-Horta Defends ‘Weak, Poor’ Guinea-Bissau

    by  • July 15, 2014 • Africa, Governance, Peace and Security, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 
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    José Ramos-Horta, United Nations' special representative and head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, speaks to journalists in Bissau, April 13, 2014. Vote counting began in Guinea-Bissau after a heavy turnout in Sunday's legislative and presidential elections meant to bring stability to the West African state after years of coups and political infighting. Horta told Reuters on Sunday that tensions seen during campaigning had eased. REUTERS/Joe Penney (GUINEA-BISSAUSOCIETY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS HEADSHOT) - RTR3L9R5

    Until recently, José Ramos-Horta led the United Nations’ peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau, stepping in a year and a half ago as the country reeled from a coup in 2012 and the UN’s former chief there, Joseph Mutaboba, quit his job under concerns for his safety. Ramos-Horta, 64, is a former president of Timor-Leste, which won...

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    With a New UN Resolution Approved, More Aid Could Get Inside Syria

    by  • July 14, 2014 • Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Valerie Amos, UN humanitarian aid chief

    Attempting a second time this year to ease the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria as a result of its three-year civil war and no political solution in sight, the United Nations Security Council has displayed a rare unified front on the matter by passing a resolution to better ensure that aid can get through conflict...

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    The Limits of Diplomacy: Israeli Settlements

    by  • July 10, 2014 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    A Palestinian boy climbs Israel's barrier during clashes with Israeili security forces in the West Bank.

    Many Israelis reacted with surprise and dismay when United States Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel’s seemingly insatiable appetite for settlements for the collapse of the latest round of Middle East peace talks. The negotiations were already on hold when Israel announced it was opening the door to yet another 700 new housing...

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    The Divided Life of Cyprus

    by  • April 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, UN Agencies, UN Peacekeeping • 
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    Arabahmet

      The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus marked its 50th anniversary in March. The mission, which supervises cease-fire lines and maintains a buffer zone, has involved 32 countries that have contributed troops and police, among whom 184 peacekeepers have died. About 850 troops and 60 police officers make up the mission now, operating...

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    UN Peacekeepers Heading to the Central African Republic by the Fall

    by  • April 10, 2014 • Asia, Child soldiers, Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    SG Ban Ki-moon with IDPs at a mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized yet another peacekeeping force for an African country, the Central African Republic, approving up to 12,000 military and police personnel who are not likely to arrive until mid-September. The goal of the force is broad, given the nation’s crippled affairs: restore law and order, protect civilians, provide...

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    Russia Supplies the Single Vote Against UN Action on Ukraine

    by  • March 15, 2014 • Peace and Security, Security Council • 
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    Security Council Meeting on the situation in Ukraine. Letter dated 28 February 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council (S/2014/136).

    Facing near-unanimous Security Council support over the situation in Ukraine, Russia supplied the single veto needed to nix a resolution that aimed to de-legitimize the scheduled referendum on Crimea’s seceding from the country, to be held March 16, in a vote today in the United Nations Security Council. Russia’s veto on the resolution was...

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