• 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 Question Is: Can the UN Survive the Trump Era?

    by  • December 4, 2016 • 

    The United Nations will swear in António Guterres as its ninth secretary-general on Dec. 12, when the organization will be only weeks away from the inauguration of Donald Trump and the potentially most threatening, hostile political opposition to the UN ever assembled in Washington, D.C. The UN will have to be prepared to respond...

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    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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    Glassed In: Why Women Are Unhappy in the Workplace

    by  • December 6, 2016 • 

    Orange the World, 2016, in Cairo  UN Women in Egypt, part of the UNiTe campaign, highlighting the rights of women and girls for freedom of movement. MUHAMMAD GHOUNEIM/UN WOMEN

    It is not only “glass ceilings” limiting women’s career progress but also “glass floors” and “glass walls” blocking gender equality in the workplace. These hurdles actually limit the entry and mobility of both women and men in predominately gender-defined jobs. If women are to achieve gender equality with men at high levels in the...

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    Sudan, the Enigma

    by  • November 30, 2016 • 


    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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