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    Goodbye, Obama: A West African’s Loving Farewell

    by  • January 9, 2017 • Africa, Education, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The 2008 United States presidential election was an incredible time for me, here in West Africa. The election contributed to shaping my leadership skills and affected the course of my life. I used to take part in events at the US Embassy in Abidjan, our country’s commercial capital, as a...

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    Trump Upends US Foreign Policy Before He’s Even Sworn In

    by  • January 4, 2017 • Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Never has a president-elect so roiled American foreign policy before even taking office. On a dizzying range of fronts — Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East — Donald J. Trump has dissented from longstanding United States policy, challenged the outgoing president as he has managed America’s international relations and put in doubt the future...

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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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    Message to Trump: The US Needs the UN and Vice Versa

    by  • December 17, 2016 • Development, Peace and Security, Security Council, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Agencies, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Strong American leadership at the United Nations would greatly enhance President-elect Trump’s foreign policy agenda. United States investment in the UN is an effective use of taxpayer dollars to serve the US military, diplomatic, economic and national security interests. UN peacekeepers, for example, cost one-eighth the expenses of US boots on...

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    Suriname Should Do the Right Thing on LGBT Rights at the UN

    by  • December 13, 2016 • Human Rights, Latin America, LGBT, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Suriname’s government is on the right track at home when it comes to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination and violence. In 2015, the government introduced antidiscrimination legislation, including sexual orientation on grounds for nondiscrimination complaints. The government also understands that it needs to protect the rights of same-sex couples living...

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    Autonomous Weapons: Urgent Questions Abound

    by  • December 11, 2016 • Disarmament, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Discussions on artificial intelligence too often revolve around concerns about the sensationalist threat of “killer robots,” usually featured in science-fiction films or computer games. Killing is depicted as easy and rapid, done by steel-clad monsters with superhuman abilities. Let me put this fear to rest. We do not yet have killer robots, though we...

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    UN Depository Libraries Are Facing Severe Problems

    by  • November 17, 2016 • General Assembly, WORLDVIEWS • 

    BERLIN — Since 1946, the United Nations Depository Library Program — consisting now of more than 360 depository libraries in more than 130 countries — has provided scholars, journalists, politicians, diplomats and the broader public with access to what is called the “UN deposit.” That is, print copies of UN documents (official texts of...

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    Former Peace Corps Volunteers Offer to Help New Refugees in US

    by  • October 23, 2016 • Migration, WORLDVIEWS • 

    BERLIN — The former Tempelhof Airport here has quickly become Germany’s biggest center sheltering refugees in the last year. Decades earlier, the site had gained fame for the Luftbrücke — the air-bridge serving Allied transport planes in 1948-1949 to ferry tons of supplies everyday to beleaguered West Berliners isolated by the Soviet Union, which encircled...

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