Can a New Peacekeeping Force Stabilize South Sudan?

There is an important vote at the Security Council today to extend and expand the mandate of the beleaguered UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.  The resolution will likely pass. But the weeks that follow will be a key test of the international community's...

A Consequential Meeting for Peace in Syria

This is a big moment for Syria. And the world.Foreign ministers from most of the Security Council, including John Kerry and his Russian counter-part Sergei Lavrov are in New York today to debate, discuss and (hopefully) approve a Security Council resolutio...

Can the UN Put the Financial Squeeze on ISIL?

The Security Council did something unusual today. It came together in a profound moment of unity and unanimously passed a resolution on Syria.The normal divisions between the USA and Russia that have stymied action on Syria over the past four and a half ye...

Ukraine is Very, Very Close to an All Out Civil War

January has been a cruel month for the prospects of peace in Ukraine. As the international community mulls new measures against Russia and continues to debate how to best address the conflict, the fighting has reached new levels of intensity.  The prospects of...