• Middle East

    ‘A Sad Day for the Council’

    by  • February 4, 2012 • Middle East, Security Council • 5 Comments

    Susan Rice, US Ambasador at the Security Council meeting on Syria.

    Russia and China vetoed the draft resolution on Syria today after the draft went through tense, protracted rounds of Security Council negotiations this week, despite optimism shown yesterday by diplomats involved in the process at the United Nations. The draft was backed by Western powers and the Arab League, which has been leading the...

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    Where Will the News Be in 2012?

    by  • January 18, 2012 • Africa, Middle East • 2 Comments

    Even before unforeseen events like natural disasters or outbreaks of new conflicts occur this year, as they always do, 2012 will be full of important political news, with elections not only in the United States but also around the world, some in countries that are crucial to the stability of their regions. The International...

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    Getting to Know the Persian Gulf

    by  • January 18, 2012 • GOINGS-ON, Middle East • 

    American officials now rank Iranian threats to close the Strait of Hormuz as dangerous to American interests — or even more so in the short term — than Iran’s nuclear program. Where is this place, and why has it risen to the top of Washington’s concerns? Answers to such questions can be found in...

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    Shaping a Tentative Peace in Yemen

    by  • January 8, 2012 • Middle East • 1 Comment

    Multiple conflicts have raged for years in Yemen, one of the poorest and most neglected countries in the Arab world. In the north, the ethnic group Houthis battled the government, while separatists vied for independence in the south. Elements of a regional proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been going on as...

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    Human Rights Chief Calls for More Action in Syria

    by  • December 5, 2011 • Human Rights, Middle East, Peace and Security • 2 Comments

    As violence continues unabated in Syria despite tough economic and travel sanctions from such big players as the Arab League, the European Union, Turkey and the United States, the head of the UN’s high commissioner for human rights has spoken out by calling for international intervention to protect civilians against government attacks. Navi Pillay,...

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