• Middle East

    In Hodeidah, the Norwegian Refugee Council Hangs On to Save Yemenis

    by  • June 20, 2018 • Geopolitics, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    As the attack on Hodeidah, a major port in western Yemen on the Red Sea, moves into its second week, led by the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the rest of the world seems to be sitting and watching the destruction. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent nongovernmental organization, has...

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    Why Israel Dropped Out of the UN Security Council Race: Not Enough Votes

    by  • May 28, 2018 • General Assembly, Geopolitics, Middle East, Security Council • 

    From the start, it was a closely watched contest pitting Germany, Belgium and Israel against one another for their regional bloc’s two seats in the next term on the United Nations Security Council. Israel has never held a seat on the Council, and as it celebrates its 70-year membership in the UN in 2018, the...

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    The Sanctions War Heats Up: US vs. the World

    by  • May 22, 2018 • Middle East, Nuclear Disarmament, P5 Monitor, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    Mike Pompeo, in his first speech as Donald Trump’s new secretary of state, threatened United States’ allies: “You should know that we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account.” Pompeo, speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on May 21, is actually pitting the US against the United Nations,...

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    In Year 2 of Trump Presidency, the US Is Still Eroding Both the UN and Women’s Rights

    by  • May 21, 2018 • Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    After a year of bombast and threats by Ambassador Nikki Haley and the ever-evolving Donald Trump administration, the tone appears to be turned down a few notches in the second year of the Trump presidency. But efforts to undermine the United Nations and what it stands for have not stopped, at least for now,...

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    John Bolton Cracks the Whip on the UN Mission in Western Sahara

    by  • May 15, 2018 • Africa, Geopolitics, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    The message was blunt and judgmental as the United States delivered its ultimatum on the future of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara: “MINURSO is a peacekeeping mission that should have finished its job a long time ago. This is a mission that began 27 years ago almost to the day. This was...

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    Nikki Haley’s Twists and Turns, Leading Down a Path to Nowhere

    by  • May 13, 2018 • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations • 

    Nikki Haley is the most popular member of Donald Trump’s national security team, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, which found that 63 percent of voters approve of the job she is doing as United States ambassador to the United Nations. Just 17 percent disapprove. (Only 39 percent approved of Trump’s performance, the...

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    Is This the End of the UN Security Council?

    by  • May 10, 2018 • Middle East, Nuclear Disarmament, P5 Monitor, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    What can the five remaining signatories to the Iran nuclear deal do now that the Trump administration has trampled on Security Council Resolution 2231 and its 13 binding decisions, adopted under Article 41 of the United Nations Charter? Sooner or later, the other 14 members of the Security Council, especially Britain, China, France and...

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    So Who Is Lying: Iran, Israel or Trump?

    by  • May 7, 2018 • Middle East, Nuclear Disarmament, P5 Monitor, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    The world will soon know the future of the Iran nuclear deal, when President Trump plans to announce his intentions on May 8 at 2 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time, from the White House. The decision follows intense jostling among high-powered countries, current and former government officials and seasoned disarmament people in the last several...

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    As Moon Meets Kim, Who Will Eventually Claim Credit for a Korean Peace Deal?

    by  • April 26, 2018 • Middle East, Nuclear Disarmament, P5 Monitor, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    Two important global events that are about to happen may sound alluring to some Americans: first, the United States government may jettison or significantly alter the nuclear deal with Iran; and Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea will begin to negotiate terms for long-overdue peace with South Korean President Moon Jae In, when...

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    Speaking Loudly Even While Wielding the Big Stick

    by  • April 15, 2018 • Disarmament, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, Peace and Security, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Whatever else came out of the latest American-led strikes on Syrian chemical weapon sites, it put on display rare signs of diplomatic skill on the part of the Trump administration, even if those signs first surfaced at the Pentagon rather than at the White House, the United Nations or Washington’s rudderless Department of State....

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    Confronting Possible Gas Attacks in Syria, the UN Security Council Succumbs to Chaos

    by  • April 13, 2018 • Disarmament, Geopolitics, Middle East, Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 1 Comment

    In a week of reversals, semireversals and blatant backtracking by some of the most powerful countries on earth, diplomacy showed its head-spinning underside in the United Nations Security Council, as three Western allies — Britain, France and the United States — conveyed their outrage against Russia for its perceived role in allowing the Syrian...

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    A Useful Mideast Peace Plan? Don’t Hold Your Breath

    by  • March 7, 2018 • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council • 2 Comments

    Nikki Haley is appealing to the Palestinian people for “negotiation and compromise” in search of Middle East peace, denying that Washington is biased against them even as she warns their leaders that holding out will “lead to nothing but hardship.” But the latest pitch for Palestinian engagement by Haley, the United States ambassador to...

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    Is the New UN Envoy for Yemen Destined for Failure?

    by  • March 5, 2018 • Geopolitics, Middle East, UN Special Envoys • 1 Comment

    Martin Griffiths, the new United Nations special envoy for Yemen and a British international mediator, will begin work this month on a war that is called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Griffiths is highly praised in the arena of private conflict mediation, having founded his own firm in 1999 that has brokered resolutions to...

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    Iran Missiles to Yemen: Is There Room for Circumstantial Evidence in UN Sanctions?

    by  • January 16, 2018 • Disarmament, Middle East, Security Council, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Citing an unpublished report of the United Nations panel of experts on Yemen, The New York Times said recently that Iran violated the Yemen arms embargo, according to UN experts. The same day, The Washington Post used essentially the same set of reported facts under a more judicious headline that said, in part, “Iran weapons to...

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    The US and UN Sanctions: Outwitted, Outlasted, Outplayed?

    by  • January 11, 2018 • Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    With the Security Council’s unanimous vote to expand United Nations sanctions on North Korea on Dec. 22, President Trump appeared to add another high point to a victorious final week of 2017 based on his tax reform in United States Congress. But appearances deceive, as delegations’ statements in the Council demonstrated before adopting Resolution...

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    Loose Missiles, Loose Talk: Nikki Haley’s Claims of Iran’s ‘Lawless Behavior’

    by  • December 16, 2017 • Geopolitics, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 1 Comment

    Why are the United States Department of Defense and the US ambassador to the United Nations acting as spokespeople for Saudi Arabia’s atrocious war against the religious Yemeni-Houthi minority? And why is Ambassador Nikki Haley throwing herself in front of the international community with laughable evidence to claim, among other statements: “The Iranian regime...

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    Will the Real Nikki Haley Please Stand Up?

    by  • December 14, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    Nikki Haley must have raised eyebrows at the White House with her bold off-the-cuff defense of the women complaining that Donald Trump sexually abused them before the election. “ny woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” Haley said on the CBS talk show...

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    What a Stripped-Down State Department Bodes for the UN and Nikki Haley

    by  • November 26, 2017 • Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, US Foreign Relations • 

    In Washington, there is no question that the State Department is in a weakened position, a situation that the Trump White House — and the Trump family — seem to relish. To some in the understaffed, stripped-down Foreign Service and to commentators on United States foreign policy, this is a disgrace linked directly to...

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    Why Do Jihadists Exit Violent Extremism? The Field of Study Grows

    by  • November 17, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Geopolitics, Middle East • 

    The study of violent extremism and what attracts people to become jihadists has been expanding rapidly in social sciences, but what is little known is why people avoid or leave a violent movement. It is a field that is slowly growing among academics, think tanks and United Nations officials, enabling them to form policies...

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