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

December 03, 2018

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...

With Rape and Violence Rife, Where Is Justice for Rohingya Women?

March 08, 2018

Evidence is mounting that Myanmar’s military is engaging in systematic use of sexual violence as part of a coordinated campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya minority. It has now been six months since the Myanmar military resumed its ruthless crackdown against the Rohingya minority....

The Failures of Aleppo Will Haunt Us All

December 23, 2016

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

August 02, 2016

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”

September 26, 2014

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

March 03, 2014

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

February 19, 2014

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

December 16, 2013

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

November 27, 2013

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

November 27, 2013

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...

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