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    Russia Maneuvers to Block Benefits for LGBT Employees of the UN

    by  • March 22, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A new policy affecting the dependents of United Nations staff members in same-sex marriages could be overturned in a vote by the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee on Tuesday. The new policy being challenged signifies a small step toward eliminating discrimination in the UN. Overturning it would be a major step backward for equal treatment...

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    Netanyahu’s Scorched-Earth Campaign Destroys US Plea for Bilateralism

    by  • March 19, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Benjamin Netanyahu’s desperate 11th-hour election strategy has left in tatters the main United States argument for aggressively protecting Israeli interests in the Middle East peace process, a development that will most likely weaken the Obama administration’s already strained fervor for shielding Israel in international diplomatic battles. A new dynamic will surely surface in the...

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    Can’t the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Be Resolved?

    by  • March 11, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A Palestinian inspects the remains of a house after an Israeli air strike, July 2014. SHAREEF SARHAN

    After the failure of United States mediated peace talks, the Gaza-Israel war and the recent tensions in Jerusalem, the prospects for a near-term settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have reached an all-time low. Given those conditions, it is useful and perhaps productive to revisit and reconsider the fundamental solutions for resolving the conflict. Numbers,...

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    The UN Environment Program, Influential but Lacking Power

    by  • February 5, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    A sandstorm in Kabul.

    BERLIN — The history of the United Nations Environment Program is illustrative in two respects: it reflects the changing importance of environmental issues within the UN system and it demonstrates that dedicated people in a UN organization can master the difficult task of implementing an ambitious mandate without sufficient political status, funds and personnel...

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    Pope Francis and Peacemaking

    by  • December 21, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    The Roman Catholic Church has always been diverse. The New Testament reveals that differences of opinion, practices and orientations have been part of Christianity’s experience since its beginning. The billion-plus Catholics today are not the same as the few hundred Jewish disciples that were contemporaries of Jesus of Nazareth. Yet the tension between innovation...

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    How Do Early-Modern Christian Conflicts Differ From Muslim Ones Now?

    by  • December 3, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment
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    Demonstrators in Erbil  requesting urgent humanitarian assistance and protection of Yezidis; august 2014; in the region

    Is the conflict in the contemporary Muslim world so unusual, given that Christians were doing similar things 400 to 500 years ago? Is it really a phenomenon that involves “Muslims,” or is it more a matter of conflicts peculiar to a particular region? To what extent are the stakes in the conflict “religious,” as...

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    Next Best in 2016? The UN Secretary-General Must Be a Reformer

    by  • December 9, 2014 • WORLDVIEWS • 
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    Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general. His term ends in 2016, and possible successors are already lining up. Here, he speaks at the Business and Investment Forum in Vienna, November 2014. AMANDA VOISARD/UN PHOTO

    GENEVA — For only the second time — the first was in 1996 — the electoral campaigns for the American president and the United Nations secretary-general are running in parallel. Both promise to be long and protracted. Each already has a growing slate of presumptive candidates pounding flesh and employing lobbyists. But the next...

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