• Irwin Arieff

    About Irwin Arieff

    Irwin Arieff is a veteran writer and editor with extensive experience writing about international diplomacy and food, cooking and restaurants. Before leaving daily journalism in 2007, he was a Reuters correspondent for 23 years, serving in senior posts in Washington, Paris and New York as well as at the United Nations. He also wrote restaurant reviews for The Washington Post and Washington City Paper in the 1980s and 1990s with his wife, Deborah Baldwin.

    Dear Ambassador Haley: Diplomacy Is a Team Sport

    by  • November 7, 2017 • Africa, Nikki Haley Watch, Refugees, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    When working on sticky world problems, should the United States use the United Nations as a forum to try to drum up global support for its policies, reasoning that it gains strength by linking its interests to as many other countries as possible? Or should it stand alone in a blind embrace of President...

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    With Bombs and Stability at Stake, Nikki Haley Bets on Trump

    by  • October 19, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    When you’re a reality TV star running for president who likes to talk tough and you know nothing about foreign policy, maybe it makes sense to repeatedly attack the Iran nuclear agreement as “the worst deal ever” and to pledge to kill it if you ever get the chance. If you end up getting...

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    On Iran Nuclear Deal, Haley’s Dark Side Beckons

    by  • September 3, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council • 

    Donald Trump will have his third chance this October to weigh in on Iranian compliance with the international nuclear agreement reached by Tehran in 2015 with the United States and five other world powers. The United States Congress requires the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is observing the pact’s terms, and...

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    North Korea and the UN: Agony and Ecstasy

    by  • August 14, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, Peace and Security, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    If you are reading this, it must mean we have not been annihilated by a nuclear war between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Not that Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, will be able to take much credit — not because she didn’t try but because...

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    A Hint on Confronting Islamist Power. Or Maybe Not.

    by  • October 7, 2017 • BOOKS, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, US Foreign Relations • 

    Will it never end? When will time run out on the array of shape-shifting militant Islamist movements intent on moving into shaky trouble spots around the world to impose their extreme ideology, harness the population and hijack the local economy? How long will it take for the international community — the ubiquitous West —...

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    Peak Thai, a UN Neighborhood Star

    by  • June 2, 2017 • UN EATS • 

    Peak Thai is hidden on a side street — East 49th — and easy to miss. It may never win a Michelin star. But there’s a reason lines form around noon: you can count on this quiet, efficiently run restaurant for solid cooking and pocket-friendly prices. These days, that’s no small thing. It is...

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    Jerusalem Has Always Been a Contested City

    by  • March 7, 2017 • Geopolitics, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The long-simmering dispute over the fate of Jerusalem stands at the center of the Middle East conflict. Israelis and Palestinians, divided on many points, become most emotional when discussing the future of the walled, ancient crossroads city that is holy to three world religions. So international diplomats took notice when foreign policy neophyte Donald...

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    Seeking a Path for Jerusalem: A Chronology

    by  • March 7, 2017 • Geopolitics, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, US Foreign Relations • 

    Here is a brief political history of Jerusalem, in timeline format, dating from the earliest human settlement to the present. The chronology is selective, focusing primarily on the development of competing visions over the years of the ancient city’s past and future. The timeline accompanies a separate article, “Jerusalem’s Fate: Myth Versus Reality,” by...

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    Educators on the UN Denounce Trump’s Crackdown on Refugees

    by  • January 28, 2017 • Education, Human Rights, Middle East, Migration, Refugees, Syria, US Foreign Relations • 

    More than 700 educators and students, meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York recently, called on the international community to protect refugees’ lives, encourage countries to take in “large numbers of refugees and migrants” and do more to ensure they get an education and are protected from sexual and gender-based violence. Acting as...

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    The Syrian War and the Refugee Crisis: Spawning the Rise of the Far Right

    by  • December 21, 2016 • Middle East, Peace and Security, Security Council, Syria, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    The butterfly effect teaches us that seemingly insignificant actions can have enormous future consequences. A tiny pair of fluttering wings can disturb the air in a way that helps trigger a hurricane halfway around the world. Witness Syria, where the Arab Spring made its debut in 2011 in the form of a tame wave...

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    The Rules of War Need a Major Overhaul

    by  • December 3, 2016 • BOOKS, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Responsibility to Protect, Security Council • 

    Donetsk People's Republic fighters in Ukraine

    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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    Africa’s War Problem

    by  • July 12, 2016 • BOOKS • 

    Too much of Africa is a mess. While there are, of course, great success stories, many countries continue, despite the end of colonialism and the Cold War, to suffer wildly from poverty, illness, corruption, coups and wars — too many compared with the rest of the world. Even as an outsized slice of United...

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