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October 19, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
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…

CBS anchorman and debate moderator Bob Schieffer talks to the audience during the final 2008 presidential debate. (Jim Young/ courtesy Reuters)

October 18, 2012

United States
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…

UN-Arab League peace envoying a news conferenc for Syria Brahimi speaks dure in Beirut on October 17, 2012 (Shaaban/Courtesy Reuters).

December 27, 2012

United States
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 …

Lakhdar Brahimi and Bashar al Assad

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…

April 7, 2016

International Organizations
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…

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon waves as he arrives at the donors Conference for Syria in London, Britain February 4, 2016.

November 6, 2015

Weekend Reading: Egypt’s State of Idiocy, Darth Mediene, and Libya’s Tribes

Maged Atiya laments the Egyptian state’s devolution into idiocy. Sam Metz and Abdallah Brahimi explore the potential reasons behind the recent dismissal of Algerian spy chief Mohammed Mediene. Nada…


July 2, 2015

Can UN Peacekeeping Enter the Digital Age?

Peacekeeping is in trouble. More peacekeepers are in the field than ever before, and, as UN Ambassador Samantha Power noted, "we are asking peacekeepers to do more, in more places, and in more comple…

UN Peacekeeping Cyber Net Politics Digital Divide

July 28, 2015

International Organizations
The Good, the Bad, and the Sad of the High-Level Report on UN Peace Operations

The following is a guest post by Charles T. Call, associate professor in American University’s School of International Service and author of Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Re…

Helmets belonging to soldiers of the Nigerian army are seen as part of preparations for their deployment to Mali.

May 27, 2014

United States
Time to Rethink Syria

Julie Anderson is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. After three years of recurring conflict, an estimated 162,000 people killed (10,000 in the last t…


June 12, 2014

United States
This Week: Iraq’s Crisis, Syria’s Gloating, and Israeli-Palestinian Prayers

Significant Developments Iraq. Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki called on parliament today to impose a state of emergency in Iraq, but then failed to convene a quorum needed to approve it. Maliki’s mo…

A burnt vehicle belonging to Iraqi security forces is pictured at a checkpoint in east Mosul, one day after radical Sunni Muslim insurgents seized control of the city, June 11, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters).