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February 15, 2005

Iraq
IRAQ: The Brahimi Plan

This publication is now archived. What is the new proposal for Iraq’s post-occupation government?The plan being developed by U.N. Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi would transfer sovereignty on June 30 t…

October 19, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
CBS anchorman and debate moderator Bob Schieffer talks to the audience during the final 2008 presidential debate. (Jim Young/ courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week: Obama and Romney Debate Foreign Policy, Turkey and Syria Spar, Brahimi Negotiates, and the World Health Summit Convenes

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed the final presidential debate; increasing tensions between Turkey and Syria; Lakhdar Brahimi’s effort to negotiate a cease-fire in Syria…

October 18, 2012

United States
UN-Arab League peace envoying a news conferenc for Syria Brahimi speaks dure in Beirut on October 17, 2012 (Shaaban/Courtesy Reuters). Middle East Matters This Week: Brahimi’s Cease-Fire, Libyan Fighting, Egyptian Constitution Struggles, and More Iran Sanctions

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. Iran and Turkey today endorsed UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi’s call for a cease-fire during the Eid al-Adha holiday that begins October 26. Brahimi…

September 7, 2017

International Organizations
United Nations Security Council The UN Security Council

The UN Security Council is the premier global body for maintaining international peace and security, but faces steady calls for reform to better meet twenty-first–century challenges.

December 27, 2012

United States
Lakhdar Brahimi and Bashar al Assad For Peace in Syria, Assad Must Go First

With 45,000 or more Syrians dead at the hands of Bashar al Assad and his "security forces," it should be obvious that any conclusion to the current civil war must include his departure from power as …

May 30, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Going Directly to the Wastebasket: Another Plan for the "Peace Process"

Some "peace processors" never give up. In the New York Times today, four of them try an old and very bad idea: forget about negotiations, and substitute the views of some un-elected elderly "statesme…

September 20, 2016

Afghanistan
Play Rabbani_EC.jpg A Conversation With Salahuddin Rabbani

Salahuddin Rabbani discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Afghanistan's national unity government.

September 11, 2013

Syria
Syria’s Crisis and the Global Response

An end to Syria’s conflict seems unlikely in the near term, as a number of obstacles on and off the battlefield have stymied international diplomatic efforts, explains this Backgrounder.

April 7, 2016

International Organizations
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon waves as he arrives at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016. The Race to Be UN Secretary-General: Five Questions for the Candidates

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Next week the United Nations G…

April 1, 2016

Syria
Play RTX27VZ6_EC.jpg Who Is Bashar al-Assad?

Experts analyze the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policy choices of Syria's President Bashar-al Assad.