• Ellen Johnson Sirleaf


    For UN Member Nations, ‘Vulnerability Is a Global Phenomenon’

    by  • September 24, 2013 • General Assembly • 

    Hassan Rouhani

    The annual United Nations debate of the 68th General Assembly got off to a contentious start on Sept. 24 with pointedly worded but divergent speeches by Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, and Barack Obama, the president of the United States. The two countries traditionally kick off the annual debate, held every September in New York for [...]

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    Judging Charles Taylor

    by  • April 24, 2012 • BOOKS • 3 Comments

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    Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, displayed a talent for troublemaking from a young age. Convicted on April 26 by a United Nations-backed tribunal for numerous counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Taylor appears to have kept up his bad behavior for most of his 64 years. As a boy in rural Liberia, [...]

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    Leaving Liberia, a ‘Fragile State’

    by  • March 19, 2012 • Africa • 5 Comments

    ellen loej

    Top United Nations officials generally wait until they leave their jobs before they speak candidly about the conditions they faced and the problems that remain. So Ellen Margrethe Loj, who has ended her four years as UN special envoy in Liberia, did not mince words in New York about Liberia’s painful recovery and challenging elections, [...]

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