• Malian soldiers ride a canoe to the village of Kadji in Gao March 1, 2013. According to the Malian Army, Kadji was a stronghold of radical Islamist group the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) before Malian forces took it back on Thursday. REUTERS/Joe Penney (MALI - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3EGOW

    Cloaked in Secrecy: How the Saudis’ $110 Million Gift to UN Counterterrorism Is Being Spent

    by  • November 21, 2016 • 

    The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center was set up in 2011 with money from Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism worldwide. Some experts, however, now question the center’s ability to eliminate terrorist threats. There are also questions about whether the money that the Saudis donated, a whopping $110 million, is being spent effectively. The Saudi donation...

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    Funeral ceremony for a six peacekeepers from Burkina Faso, a West African nation, killed in an ambush in Mali.MARCO DOMINO/MINUSMA

    As Terrorist Threats Rise in Mali, the Dutch Slowly Pull Out of Peacekeeping

    by  • November 10, 2016 • 2 Comments

    The Dutch contingent of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali is withdrawing its seven helicopters from the operation by spring, leaving a wide hole in reconnaissance and intelligence gathering for the mission that desperately needs those assets. With no immediate supplier for replacement helicopters in sight, the withdrawal presents an additional strain on the...

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    The Rules of War Need a Major Overhaul

    by  • December 3, 2016 • 

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    Evidence is piling up: the global security framework that emerged from the ashes of World War II is no longer capable of pursuing international peace. The arrangement, conceived by the major powers that won the war, has expanded into a grab bag of rules and institutions that the crises of our own era have...

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    Sudan, the Enigma

    by  • November 30, 2016 • 

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    KHARTOUM, Sudan — Arriving at the Khartoum airport near midnight, as I did a few weeks before the American presidential election, one is struck by the lineup of aircraft parked near the terminal. There is not a single Western airline among them, though one sees several from across the Arab world and parts of...

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    Being UN Deputy Secretary-General: Louise Fréchette Recounts Her Experience

    by  • November 12, 2016 • 

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    Louise Fréchette, a Canadian, was the first United Nations deputy secretary-general. Appointed by Kofi Annan, she took office in March 1998, bringing to the job qualifications that exceeded those of most UN secretaries-general. She had spent a quarter-century in the Canadian foreign service, including as ambassador to several Latin American counties and to the...

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