• Peace and Security

    In London, a New Academic Center Focuses on Sexual Violence in Conflict

    by  • March 8, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 

    Christine Chinkin, director GUY JORDAN

    LONDON — The Center for Women, Peace and Security, based at the London School of Economics in Britain, is a year old. The first of its kind in Europe, the center aims to shed light on the prevalence of violence against women during conflict through academic research and forums. The concept of the center...

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    UN to Investigate at Least Seven Cases of Chlorine and Mustard Gas Use in Syria

    by  • February 22, 2016 • Disarmament, Peace and Security, Syria • 

    Syrians killed from chemical weapons attacks in 2013. CREATIVE COMMONS

    Seven possible cases of chemical weapons use in Syria — including chlorine and mustard gas — have been identified in a preliminary report released by a United Nations panel investigating who has deployed toxic weapons in the country’s civil war, now heading into its sixth year. No one has been apportioned blame by the...

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    As Syrian Peace Talks Take Shape, How Will Women Take Part?

    by  • December 26, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council, Syria, Women's Issues • 2 Comments

    Syrian women refugees at the Keleti train station in Budapest, Sept. 4, 2015. MSTYSLAV CHERNOV/CREATIVE COMMONS

    When the United Nations Security Council recently approved timelines to begin peace talks and institute a national cease-fire in Syria, the language in the resolution gave no hint of the magnitude of such undertakings, nor did the congratulatory speeches afterward by diplomats delve into the details. That means the nitty-gritty work is left to...

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    At Vienna Talks on Syria’s Future, the UN Finds Several Roles to Play

    by  • November 15, 2015 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Refugees, Security Council, Terrorism • 

    At the Nov. 14 talks on Syria at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, from left: John Kerry, US secretary of state; Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy for Syria; Sergey Lavrov, Russian foreign minister. US STATE DEPT.

    The United Nations has wedged its way into playing a monitoring role in a possible cease-fire in Syria and a convening role in gathering the Syrian government and opposition parties to try to meet for formal talks by Jan. 1. The goal is to begin negotiating an end to the prolonged war there, which has...

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    Companies Possibly Using Conflict Minerals Fail to Disclose Such Information

    by  • August 19, 2015 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Peace and Security • 

    Tin ore

    Fewer than a quarter of the 6,000 companies suspected of using minerals from the conflict region in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo are disclosing information about their sources to United States authorities as required by American law, according to the first report on the issue from the investigative arm of the...

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

    by  • June 29, 2015 • Peace and Security, Security Council • 

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

    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,...

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    UN Security Council and Troop Contributors Chided by Review Panel

    by  • June 18, 2015 • Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping • 

    A new report reviewing UN peacekeeping operations recommends smarter preventive steps to avoid superficial solutions. The peacekeeping mission in Ivory Coast, above, mourns Egyptian members killed in the line of duty, February 2015. ABDUL FATAI ADEGBOYE/UN PHOTO

    While restructuring at the top of the United Nations and better strategies and tactics for troops on the ground are issues provoking discussion and controversy after the recent release of a report by a high-level panel on current and future peacekeeping, less attention has been paid to the experts’ admonitions to the Security Council...

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    UN Peacekeeping Needs Top-Down Restructuring, Expert Panel Says

    by  • June 16, 2015 • Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping • 

    A UN patrol in Western Sahara, where the UN has a peacekeeping mission. MARTINE PERRET/UN PHOTO

    The creation of a new office of deputy secretary-general for peace and security to consolidate and hasten United Nations’ responses to conflicts, and a surprising suggestion that the UN should not undertake missions involving counterterrorism were two major recommendations for the future of peacekeeping to emerge from a high-level seven-month study commissioned by Secretary-General...

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    Making the Case for a Greater US Presence in UN Peacekeeping

    by  • June 2, 2015 • Africa, Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    A female police officer for UN peacekeeping. LOGAN ABASSI

    United Nations peacekeeping needs new kinds of tools and troops to counter the demands posed by forces waging catastrophic wars beyond the control of governments and without even a semblance of adherence to the most rudimentary ethical rules of combat or international war crimes laws. The urgent need to rethink and retool peacekeeping, already...

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