Updates and News
The new report from the Commission on Global Security, Justice, and Governance, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, suggests that the 75th anniversary year in 2020 might be the moment to reinvent the United Nations.
What kind of United Nations would we invent if we were designing it from scratch today? The UN Charter was signed by President Harry S. Truman and other world leaders in San [...] Read More
The violent presidential election in Burundi highlights the need for UN election-monitoring services. On the eve of the July 21 presidential election, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs warned that,
The grave danger the country faces should not be underestimated, given the increasing polarization and the apparent choice of Burundian leaders to put personal interest before those of [...] Read More
The trial of Hissène Habré, former President of Chad, which opened in Dakar, Senegal, on July 20 marks a new step in trans-national law. Habré will be tried in a specially constituted court created by a treaty between the African Union and the State of Senegal. The court is modeled on the statues of the International Criminal Court (ICC), but is to deal only with cases concerning Africans. It will be important to see if [...] Read More
Let’s look at the field positions of the parties in Iran, the United States, and Israel who seem to want to kill the agreement worked out between Iran and the P5+1 coalition.
First, let me address those in the Republican Party and in Israel who have expressed objections to this deal. I suggest that the basic fact is that you have won—a considerable field position—and if you kill the deal, you will lose.
You can assume [...] Read More
It’s time for us to act like adults.
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have won an agreement, which has capped nuclear enrichment potentials in Iran and removed the current prospect of war, greater sanctions and hardships for Iranians, or both. The agreement has been praised by most arms control experts and welcomed by almost all (with the exception of Israel) political entities in the world that have [...] Read More
Having just crossed the border from Italy to France, my train stops at the next station for longer than the usual five-minute interval. Police board the train; I take out my passport, which has become habit at this point. The woman sitting next to me, a French native who has lived in Italy in for the last 20 years, leans over.
“They are checking for illegal migrants,” she says. “Sometimes they hide in the bathrooms.” [...] Read More