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The “Decisive Dozen” of START Ratification

Obama and Medvedev will sign the new START treaty at a ceremony in Prague on Thursday.  But will the United States Senate ratify the treaty?  Doing so requires 67 votes and in the the current political environment that seems like a stretch. 

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Amid ongoing conflict, Somali refugees recruited to fight Al-Shabaab

With the security climate in Somalia showing no signs of improvement, hundreds of thousands of Somali citizens have been displaced since early 2010. The UNHCR estimates there are currently 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, and this trend is on the increase. The ongoing fighting in Mogadishu and other locations has caused nearly 170,000 residents to flee since the beginning of the year, according to the UNHCR.

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What to Think of the Nuclear Posture Review (Plus, How to Navigate the Next Six Weeks of Nuclear Diplomacy)

These next few weeks are a marathon of activity in nuclear security and non-proliferation.  The new American Nuclear Posture Review dropped today, which for the first time specifically renounced the development of new nuclear weapons and as their use as a deterrent against chemical and biological attacks (though there were broad exceptions carved out for states like North Korea and Iran).  In an email to UN Dispatch, Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares

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The Last Measle

Our friends at the UN Foundation pass along news that a short video from the Measles Initiative was nominated as a finalist in the Large Organization Category for the 4th Annual DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards.  The winner gets its video placed on YouTube's front page and receives part of a $10,000 donation from the Case Foundation.  Here's the video:
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The Current “State” of Guinea-Bissau

Yesterday saw a short-lived coup attempt in Guinea-Bissau, a small West African state that has been wracked by chronic political instability since it obtained its independence from Portugal in 1973.

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How the UN Helps Chad

This video does a good job explaining why kicking the UN peacekeeping mission out of Chad is not in the interest of the refugees and civilians displaced from clashes near the Darfur border. 


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