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    In Burkina Faso, a US Ambassador Wins Over a Slice of Francophone West Africa

    by  • January 13, 2016 • Africa, US Foreign Relations • 

    Tulinabo Mushingi, center, the US ambassador to Burkina Faso

    OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Nowhere can the positive presence of the United States in West Africa be more obvious than in the quiet, dusty nation of Burkina Faso, a mostly rural state surrounded by six other countries of ranging stability: Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Togo. Near the heart of a well-coordinated...

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    The Surprising Confessions of a Peacemaker

    by  • July 18, 2015 • BOOKS • 

    When war breaks out, you would think the easy answer would be to send in a United Nations peacekeeping mission, right? In fact, it is fairly rare and extraordinarily challenging to pull such a mission together. Even then, the mission can end up a flop, making little or no difference as the years crawl...

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    The UN’s Mission in Mali: A Deadly Fight Against Terrorists

    by  • January 18, 2015 • Africa, Libya, Peace and Security, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations • 

    The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, the most demanding and bloodiest operation in the organization’s global portfolio, is moving its major functions from its base in Bamako, the capital, to Gao, a remote city also on the Niger River, and other camps in the north. The goal is to keep a vigilant eye...

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    Mandela’s Reach Knew No Bounds

    by  • December 6, 2013 • Africa, Asia • 

    Nelson Mandela

    Late in September 1999, a quiet man whom the Indonesian military had painted as a fearsome terrorist turned up in my office at the United Nations, where he had come to help plan the future of a new country, Timor-Leste. He was José Alexandre Gusmão, better known by his nom de guerre, Xanana. He...

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    The UN Approves a New Peacekeeping Force to Fix Mali

    by  • April 25, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council • 1 Comment

    Displaced Malians

    The United Nations Security Council has authorized a new, ambitious stabilization mission to be deployed in Mali, consisting of nearly 13,000 military and police personnel who will begin operating on July 1 with a mandate of one year to provide security to “key population centers.” The mission, called Minusma (for Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission...

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    Life for Women and Girls in Afghanistan Grows Deadlier

    by  • March 20, 2013 • Asia, Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 4 Comments

    Afghan woman in a burqa, Kabul.

    With the deadline for the departure of American and NATO troops from Afghanistan just a year away, civilian casualties in the country remain alarmingly high, says a new report from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama). Although the report said the number of casualties had decreased for the first time in six...

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    Guatemala’s Role on the Security Council, as Viewed by Its Ambassador

    by  • March 5, 2013 • ICC, Security Council, UN Diplomats • 3 Comments

    Gert Rosenthal, Guatemala's ambassador to the UN

    Gert Rosenthal does not sound like a Spanish name, but the mother of Rosenthal, the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations, was born there and his father was German. To complicate matters, “a little accident happened,” he said, as his parents, Florence and Ludwig, left Germany in the 1930s, and Rosenthal was born in...

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