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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…


October 1, 2015

Risky Russian Moment in Syria

Russia’s military buildup in Syria could set back the self-proclaimed Islamic State and lay the groundwork for a political transition, but could also lead to a confrontation with the United States, s…

June 29, 2006

Military Operations
HBO History Makers Series with Richard B. Myers

The Home Box Office History Makers Series focuses particular attention on the contributions made by a prominent individual at a critical juncture in U.S. foreign policy or at noteworthy moments in re…

May 5, 2015

Low Expectations for UN Syria Talks

The UN’s latest bid to negotiate a political transition in Syria is unlikely to yield results. Behind its mediators’ failures lie a wider breakdown of great-power politics, says expert Richard Gowan.

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).

March 26, 2015

The Road Ahead for Afghanistan

Ashraf Ghani discusses the political and economic priorities of the government of Afghanistan.

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