• Security Council

    In an Unusual Move, the UN Security Council Is Heading to Sweden for a Retreat

    by  • March 19, 2018 • Peace and Security, Secretary-General, Security Council • 

    The United Nations Security Council, perhaps needing a change of scenery from its chamber overlooking the East River in New York, is traveling to the southern Swedish coast in April for an annual retreat whose theme this year is “a new narrative on peace operations.” The retreat will be held in a newly renovated...

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    Playing Fair With Sanctions: Is There a Method to the Madness?

    by  • March 8, 2018 • P5 Monitor, Peace and Security, Security Council • 

    Criticisms over a lack of fairness of United Nations sanctions and inconsistencies in their application are frequent and routine — and not without justification. For decades, human-rights experts have pointed to the paradox that unreliable practices, in the words of one expert, render “the UN sanctions system noncompliant with the UN’s human rights standards.”...

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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 • 1 Comment

    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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    Nikki Haley to Mahmoud Abbas: Get Over Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

    by  • February 20, 2018 • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 1 Comment

    Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, sticks to his well-known grievances. While Danny Danon, the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, finger-points; Nikki Haley, the American envoy to the UN, warns everyone to stay off the topic of Jerusalem. In the latest showdown on Palestine in the UN Security Council, which welcomed Abbas...

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    The Elephant in the Room: Congo’s Vicious, Illegal Fighters

    by  • February 11, 2018 • Africa, Security Council, WORLDVIEWS • 

    An open, informal meeting scheduled for Feb. 12 at the United Nations is meant to unite Security Council members in their efforts to rein in the recalcitrant Congolese president, Joseph Kabila, to allow the long-overdue presidential elections to go ahead this year. It is feared that Kabila’s refusal to carry out the vote, slated...

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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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    In a World of Evolving UN Sanctions, an Emphasis on the Humanitarian Effects

    by  • January 13, 2018 • BOOKS, Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council • 

    Debates over how to deal with issues like North Korea’s nuclear weapons or the reliability of Iran to adhere to its role in a multiparty nuclear deal have brought questions about the value, design and human effects of sanctions to the fore at the United Nations and in national capitals. Are sanctions a tool...

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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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    Unprepared and Unprotected: UN Peacekeepers’ Lives Must Be Saved

    by  • January 9, 2018 • Africa, Asia, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, WORLDVIEWS • 

    The 15 deaths and 43 injuries to United Nations troop personnel in the North Kivu Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in December would not, sadly, have surprised those of us who have served in peace enforcement missions with the UN.  These are difficult and dangerous places, where rebels have many advantages...

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    Is the US Going to Drop Out of the UN Human Rights Council?

    by  • December 17, 2017 • Geopolitics, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Palestinian causes in the United Nations are gaining wider and more active support in the Arab and Islamic worlds in light of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in defiance of global opinion and decades of UN resolutions. The move sets the scene for reigniting intense anti-UN activity in United States Congress....

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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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    Trump’s Jerusalem Move Sparks Backlash From Powerful UN Members

    by  • December 8, 2017 • Geopolitics, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    In rare action by two of America’s closest allies, Britain and France called for an emergency meeting of the 15 members of the United Nations Security Council to air their concerns over the decision by Donald Trump of the United States to endorse Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The emergency meeting on Dec....

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    The Problem of Peacekeeping Sex Abuse Is Not Going Away

    by  • December 4, 2017 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, WORLDVIEWS • 

    There is no denying that sexual exploitation and abuse has acquired greater urgency within the context of United Nations peace operations. Although the UN launched its zero tolerance policy in 2003, a recent report tallied some two thousand accusations between 2005 and 2017 in peacekeeping settings, which underscores how harmful ineffective policies and specific...

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    After 50 Years of UN Sanctions, Is the System Broken?

    by  • December 1, 2017 • Libya, Nuclear Disarmament, Peace and Security, Security Council, WORLDVIEWS • 

    With only few of the current United Nations sanctions cases accomplishing their political objectives, it is not unreasonable to wonder why the system seems broken. As the 50th anniversary of the first use of this important political tool is duly noted, the short answer is that nothing is wrong with sanctions. The problem is with...

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    Modernizing the Role of Human Rights in the UN Security Council

    by  • November 28, 2017 • Human Rights, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 

    The Security Council is the most authoritative organ of the United Nations, and supporters of the Council naturally expect it to exercise that authority when gross violations of human rights shock the conscience of humanity. During the Cold War, such actions were rarely done, except partly in relation to situations in southern Africa. Since...

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    Nikki Haley Circles Around Venezuela Again at the UN

    by  • November 12, 2017 • Latin America, Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    Venezuela’s problems will come under the microscope of the United Nations Security Council in a meeting led by the United States, with Italy, on the “escalating political, economic, and social crisis since April” in the South American country. A concept note on the meeting, issued by the US mission to the UN, was obtained by PassBlue....

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    How Companies and Their Investors Pay Lip Service to UN Sanctions

    by  • November 5, 2017 • Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council, WORLDVIEWS • 

    If an investment, shareholding, credit or other financing tool benefits an enterprise or an individual that is  somehow violating a United Nations arms embargo or is committing atrocities, terrorist acts or proliferating weapons of mass destructions, is such an involvement contravening sanctions regimes and therefore breaking international law? Checking past and current UN Security...

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    Nikki Haley Is Better Known in the UK Than Her British Counterpart. How Come?

    by  • October 9, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    DUNDEE, Scotland — While most British people have a generally positive view of the United Nations, public awareness of who their diplomats are and how they carry out their work in New York is minimal to nonexistent. Yet the United States ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has had no trouble attracting headlines in...

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    Snubbing Trump, Europe Stands Firm on the Iran Deal

    by  • September 20, 2017 • Disarmament, Gender-Based Violence, Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council, Terrorism, UNGA72 • 

    The fight over preserving the Iranian nuclear deal took a firmer direction at the United Nations on Sept. 20. After Donald Trump, the United States president, proclaimed to the General Assembly the day before that the deal was “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” heads...

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    US Ambassador’s Ultimatum to the UN: Agree With Us or We Go It Alone

    by  • September 16, 2017 • Human Rights, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    When Nikki Haley, now the United States ambassador to the United Nations, was questioned by senators at her confirmation hearing in January about how she would deal with Donald Trump’s dismissive view of internationalism, she said confidently, “I will show him that the UN matters.” She also said that she would show the world...

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