• Security Council

    The UN’s Emphasis on Prevention Could Use Lessons From the Case of Guinea

    by  • June 18, 2018 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Responsibility to Protect, Secretary-General, Security Council, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Historically neglected, gender-based violence is now becoming broadly recognized as a legitimate and urgent agenda item among the United Nations member nations, notably in the UN’s most powerful forum, the Security Council. But the future of the agenda is uncertain, as priorities remain unclear and inadequate methods for preventing sexual violence against women keep...

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    The Perils of Kim-Trump Diplomacy on the UN Security Council

    by  • June 10, 2018 • Nuclear Disarmament, P5 Monitor, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Could the Kim-Trump meeting in Singapore on Tuesday displace the United Nations Security Council’s mandate to regulate the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as the United States succeeded in doing when it withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal? Chances of abolishing the UN sanctions regime on North Korea without the Council having the...

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    Oh, Yes, France Is a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council Too

    by  • June 9, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The last few weeks have been rough for Nikki Haley, the ambassador of the United States to the United Nations. On June 1, she led the US delegation in submitting a draft Security Council resolution condemning the militant group Hamas for its perceived role in inciting violence by Gazans against Israel. Only the US...

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    Nikki Haley’s Chief of Staff Is Leaving New York to Work for Her in D.C.

    by  • June 4, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 

    David Glaccum, the chief of staff for Nikki Haley, America’s envoy to the United Nations, is leaving the New York office to move to Washington, D.C., where he will apparently continue working for Haley as a senior adviser based in the State Department. His move will allow him to be closer to his family,...

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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 UN’s Cruz Report on Improving Peacekeepers’ Security Goes Too Far

    by  • May 20, 2018 • Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, WORLDVIEWS • 7 Comments

    Since 1999, the United Nations Security Council has consistently entrusted its peacekeeping operations with clear authority to use force beyond self-defense — primarily for the protection of civilians. To fulfill the mandate, the Council expects UN peacekeeping forces to take preventive as well as responsive actions; to proactively patrol the local communities; to project a...

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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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    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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    Fixing Iran the European Way, Using Sanctions for Peace

    by  • April 6, 2018 • P5 Monitor, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    Preventing the United States from collapsing the Iran nuclear deal may be impossible, but European and other global leaders are still ensuring that the Trump team knows the political costs that it will incur if it sticks to that goal. European opponents of Donald Trump’s Iran manipulations, far from floppy handwringers, are motivated by...

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    Trump’s Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal: A Zero-Sum Game?

    by  • April 4, 2018 • P5 Monitor, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    President Donald Trump’s mid-May deadline for renegotiating the terms of the nuclear arms deal with Iran is rapidly approaching. So far, his words and actions seem to isolate the United States from its European and Asian allies while straining his credibility as a negotiator, which he needs for the scheduled meeting, also in May,...

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    With UN Security Council Reform, Bigger Is Not Better

    by  • March 28, 2018 • General Assembly, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Much ado — during 25 years of fruitless negotiations — has been made about the need for the United Nations General Assembly to achieve more equitable geographical representation in the UN Security Council. Article 23(1) of the UN Charter, however, also requires the Assembly, in electing the nonpermanent members of the Council, to pay...

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    How to Use UN Sanctions More Strategically to Stop Rape in War

    by  • March 26, 2018 • Security Council, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The weaponization of sexual violence by Syrian government forces, as part of a campaign to punish opposition communities, was stunningly documented in a recent report by investigators for the United Nations. Women and girls have been subjected to rape, gang rape and genital mutilation, perpetrated by government forces and associated militias....

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    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 • 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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    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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