This was not how the international intervention in Mali was supposed to go down.
For the mission to be successful, AFISMA needs to be equipped and well trained; the Malian army needs to regroup; and Malian politics needs to stabilize.
I have an article in the Globe and Mail today gaming out some scenarios in which a Gaza ceasefire resolution may make its way through the Security Council.
Five of the 10 non-permanent member seats are up for grabs in today's Security Council elections. Here's what to keep your eye on.
After the shock and dust settled on from the September 11, 2001 attacks--which occured just a mile from UN's Headquarters -- diplomats got down to business to craft a coordinated international response to the assault. The response that came on September 28, 2001 was among the most radical of all UN resolutions ever passed.
The Security Council today failed to extend the mandate of the United Nations observer mission in Syria, known as UNSMIS, meaning it will formally cease operations by August 19. This was no surprise.
As expected a Western sponsored Security Council resolution on Syria faced a double veto by Russia and China. The last best chance for a political solution to this crisis was dealt a fatal blow. Time to start again from scratch.
News is coming quickly from Syria. What we know so far is that 1) four top Syrian officials were killed in the attack. 2) Syrian rebels have claimed credit for it. These developments in Damascus come as the Security Council has been mired in tense and intense negotiations back in New York.
The Security Council will decide the terms of MONUSCO's renewal this month. Will they give the peacekeeping mission the mandate and resources they need to protect Congolese civilians?