If it were to consider decades of sectarian strife, severe famine, and religious tension, the global community might find security problems are more immediate -- and costly-- than initially thought.
If the Security Council wants to remain a relevant platform for discussing pressing matters of international peace and security, it too will have to adapt to the realities of climate change.
The West and Russia and China are still very far apart on a potential Security Council resolution on Syria. In fact, Russia and China did not even show up to a Council meeting on Saturday.
If Ambassador Chakkour's resignation ignites a widespread movement of Syrian diplomats, it could shake Russia and China from their hands-off approach to the Syria crisis and pave the way for eventual Security Council resolutions.
As no doubt you have seen, Ban Ki Moon officially put himself in the running for Secretary General. On Al Jazeera English last night, I discussed why I think Ban deserves another five years at the helm of the UN.
The Europeans have been circulating the draft of a Security Council resolution condemning the Syrian government for its violent suppression of non-violent protests. China and Russia have always been lukewarm to the idea.
Nearly 40,000 people were violently uprooted from a contested region of Sudan last week. What can the international community do to better protect civilians in harms way?
This is part two of a two part discussion series that is intended to help Rebecca Hamilton create a college-level teaching companion to her book Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide.
As violence continues in Syria, the international community is kicking into gear and taking the first steps along the same path that lead to the extreme isolation of Libya's Gaddafi.