Tag: UN Security Council

Refining the UN’s Approach to the Water-Security Nexus

Refining the UN’s Approach to the Water-Security Nexus

In many ongoing armed conflicts, water has been used as a weapon of war, but it can also be a strong instrument of peace. Today, the world is increasingly aware of the dramatic meaning of water. Water stress and water-related disasters are among the main consequences of global warming and have...

The Failures of Aleppo Will Haunt Us All

The Failures of Aleppo Will Haunt Us All

People of Aleppo are suffering from a lack of political will to take decisive action among the world’s powerful countries. The fall of Aleppo, and the horrific bombing campaign that has including the targeting of schools and hospitals, has been compared with the atrocities of Srebrenica,...

Britain’s Missed Opportunity to Reset Nuclear Button

Britain’s Missed Opportunity to Reset Nuclear Button

It is time the UK considered a more realistic set of security and defense policies that reflects its position in the world. Now that the UK is heading for Brexit and reconsidering her role in the world, the UK Parliament's decision to renew the Trident nuclear weapons program was a missed...

For North Korea, No More “Business as Usual”

For North Korea, No More “Business as Usual”

Survivors of North Korea's labor camps reveal the unprecedented extent of the regime's brutality.  Shin Dong-Hyuk, the only known escapee of North Korea’s notorious Camp 14, made a powerful and eloquent plea to the international community on September 23: “Save our brothers and sisters who...

The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East

The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East

Assad and Iran might turn out to be the biggest winners of the Ukraine crisis. The Russian intervention in Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities. One of the little-noted rationales of Russian support for the Ba'ath...

Lesson of Lebanon Can Help Solve Syrian Crisis

Lesson of Lebanon Can Help Solve Syrian Crisis

Could Lebanon's 15-year conflict prove to be a lesson for Syria? Lebanon’s civil war, which cost some 150,000 lives, was brought to a much needed if unsatisfactory end by the Taif Agreement, or National Reconciliation Accord. It had become clear to the warring Shi'a, Sunni and...

Gulf Security: A Risky New US-Saudi Blueprint

Gulf Security: A Risky New US-Saudi Blueprint

A US-backed Saudi blueprint risks splitting the GCC. In a bid to reassure Gulf states worried about a US-Iranian rapprochement and critical of American Middle East policy, the Obama administration has opted to back Saudi efforts for regional hegemony through greater integration of Gulf military...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

The Iran deal could rewrite the political map of the Middle East. If all goes well, the preliminary agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia – plus Germany, would ensure the peaceful nature...

Iran-P5+1 Interim Accord: An Assessment

Iran-P5+1 Interim Accord: An Assessment

The most problematic element of the nuclear deal is the lifting of sanctions. The understandings reached by the foreign ministers of Iran, the US, Russia, the UK, France, China and Germany, as well as the High Representative of the European Union, in the early hours of November 24, are a fine...

Saudi Arabia’s Snub: A Sword Struck into Water?

Saudi Arabia’s Snub: A Sword Struck into Water?

Despite recent tensions, Saudi Arabia will not alter its diplomatic ties with the US. The United States and Saudi Arabia have a long-standing alliance, sealed in oil since the 1930s. Even though this relationship has experienced ups and downs – due to the oil embargo in 1973 and 9/11 –...

Syria and Kosovo: The Fate of Old? (Part 2/2)

Syria and Kosovo: The Fate of Old? (Part 2/2)

Why does Syria not have Kosovo's "luck"? This is the last of two part series. Read part one here.   In contrast to Syria, Kosovo was considered as a relatively “easy task,” as the Balkan countries were more likely to fight each other rather than an external actor....

The Syrian Quagmire: An Aftermath Scenario

The Syrian Quagmire: An Aftermath Scenario

The quest for stability in Syria will determine the outcome of the conflict. Historian Niall Ferguson holds that order is always the best argument in favor of the empire. Precisely, territorial order or stability is taken by Richard Falk as the bedrock of state sovereignty. Historian Eric...

The Last of the Red Lines

The Last of the Red Lines

With a heightened sense of urgency to act on Syria, Washington is resorting to moral arguments. What appears to have been a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, has made a potential US-led military strike against the Syrian government a very real possibility. Shocking videos...

Military Intervention in Syria: The End is Not Nigh

Military Intervention in Syria: The End is Not Nigh

The proposed US-led military strikes are unlikely to end the Syrian military’s war efforts. The proposed US-led military action against the Syrian military, in response to allegations that the Bashar al-Assad government authorized the use of chemical weapons against civilian targets in the...

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