WORLDVIEWS

The UN’s System of Selective Security

OXFORD, England — The United Nations is going through one of its many difficult periods — so far as its central task of maintaining international peace and security is concerned. In Syria since 2011 and Ukraine since 2014, the Security Council has been unable to take decisive action on momentous issues, including the taking of … Read more

WORLDVIEWS

From Brahimi to Ramos-Horta, a 15-Year Peacekeeping Quest

SYDNEY, Australia — In August 2000, Lakhdar Brahimi, a prominent United Nations diplomat from Algeria, submitted his landmark review on UN peacekeeping to the secretary-general at the time, Kofi Annan. The previous year had been crucial for peacekeeping. The retrenchment of the mid-90s had subsided and a new era of peacekeeping activism had begun. Missions were deployed … Read more

UN Security Council and Troop Contributors Chided by Review Panel

While restructuring at the top of the United Nations and better strategies and tactics for troops on the ground are issues provoking discussion and controversy after the recent release of a report by a high-level panel on current and future peacekeeping, less attention has been paid to the experts’ admonitions to the Security Council and … Read more

UN Peacekeeping Needs Top-Down Restructuring, Expert Panel Says

The creation of a new office of deputy secretary-general for peace and security to consolidate and hasten United Nations’ responses to conflicts, and a surprising suggestion that the UN should not undertake missions involving counterterrorism were two major recommendations for the future of peacekeeping to emerge from a high-level seven-month study commissioned by Secretary-General Ban … Read more

 

Ameerah Haq: ‘I’ve Had a Great Run — 40 Years’

Ameerah Haq, who will serve as vice chair of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed high-level panel reviewing United Nations peace operations, has strong views on putting torn countries back together. Haq, a UN official about to retire after nearly four decades in the organization, began her career in the farming fields and villages of Asia … Read more

BOOKS

Survivors of Gun Violence Push for More Help From Society

When we talk about gun violence, the focus is usually on the fatalities. There can be so much to discuss after someone is shot dead. But what about the wounded, who remain present in our lives and in our neighborhoods and require care long after the dead are taken off and buried? Governments, interest groups … Read more

Ramos-Horta Defends ‘Weak, Poor’ Guinea-Bissau

Until recently, José Ramos-Horta led the United Nations’ peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau, stepping in a year and a half ago as the country reeled from a coup in 2012 and the UN’s former chief there, Joseph Mutaboba, quit his job under concerns for his safety. Ramos-Horta, 64, is a former president of Timor-Leste, which won independence … Read more

GOINGS-ON

Major New Staff Appointments at the UN and Departures

Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations secretary-general, has appointed at least a dozen new people to high-level positions — including five women — primarily in Africa in the last few months, while the organization also loses some executives. Three new force commanders have been named for various peacekeeping missions as well. At Unicef, Anthony Lake, an … Read more

 

Ramos-Horta, UN Envoy in Guinea-Bissau, Is Leaving the Position

Jose Ramos-Horta

José Ramos-Horta, the United Nations special envoy for Guinea-Bissau in West Africa since January 2013 and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is leaving his post, he confirmed. Ramos-Horta, 64, will become chairman and chief executive of UBrainTV, an Internet news service based in Tokyo. He has been an adviser to UBrainTV for more than a … Read more

GOINGS-ON

Former Timorese President Chosen as UN Envoy in Guinea-Bissau

Jose Ramos-Horta, new chief of the UN peace-building mission in Guinea-Bissau

José Ramos-Horta has been appointed the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau. The former Timorese president and Nobel Peace Prize winner is replacing Joseph Mutaboba, a diplomat from Rwanda, as the special representative and chief of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau. Mutaboba, 63, finishes his assignment, which lasted nearly four years, at the end … Read more

Avoiding a Mess in Guinea-Bissau Could Help the Rest of West Africa

A former colonial-era government building on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau's first capital.

Guinea-Bissau’s woes never end. Now the United Nations, which has a peace-building support mission in the capital, Bissau, might need to restart its work there since the head of the office has left. Joseph Mutaboba, a 63-year-old Rwandan diplomat who has been the special envoy since February 2009, was tasked with preventing conflicts through the … Read more

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