The United Nations and Preventive Diplomacy – Challenges and Opportunities (Article in German) The UN has a wider range of preventive diplomacy instruments at its disposal than ever before. These include Special Envoys and Mediators, field missions, dedicated entities at the UN Secretariat, such as the Mediation Support Unit and the Standby Team of Mediation Experts, regional and sub-regional organizations and development actors, such as Resident Coordinators and Peace and Development Advisors.
Will the Ukrainian revolution help or harm the Syrian rebellion? The two uprisings currently appear to be on very different trajectories. It is three years since Syrian citizens began protests against President Bashar Assad, precipitating the cycle of violence that would lead to civil war. By contrast, Assad’s Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yanukovych, was forced from the capital, Kiev, last week after just three months of demonstrations. Assad may view Yanukovych’s humiliation as proof of the need for utter ruthlessness against his opponents. But the two men’s fates remain intertwined.
On Friday, December 13th, Ambassador Paul Seger and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN co-hosted a roundtable with CIC to discuss CIC’s Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013. The event, “A Pivotal Year for UN Political Missions,” featured Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, and CIC’s Director of Research, Richard Gowan.
On November 21, 2013 the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, NUPI, hosted a seminar with Richard Gowan, Editor of the Annual Review of Global Peace Operations 2013 and Associate Director at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a primary supporter of the Annual Review as part of its long-standing partnership with the Center on International Cooperation.