The UN is being urged to investigate allegations that it failed to report on war crimes committed by the Sudanese government in Darfur. According to Foreign Policy magazine, UNAMID -- a joint United Nations, African Union mission -- has omitted to send evidence of air raids to the UN Security Council. This is a serious claim because aerial bombardments are banned under a Security Council resolution.

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Apr 09, 2014
Richard Gowan

How Washington turned its back on a foreign-policy triumph and let Darfur descend back into chaos. Part 3 in Foreign Policy's exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Sudan. 

Read the full Foreign Policy article A Mission That Was Set Up to Fail.

Apr 09, 2014
Richard Gowan

Part 2 in Foreign Policy's exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Darfur.

Read the full Foreign Policy article 'Now We Will Kill You'

Apr 08, 2014
Richard Gowan

Can Estonian soldiers defend their country by fighting in the middle of Africa? Last week, the European Union approved plans to send up to 1,000 troops to the Central African Republic (CAR). Perhaps surprisingly, Estonia was the first EU member to make a firm pledge of ground forces to the mission, which will reinforce existing French and African contingents. Other eastern EU members, including Poland and the Czech Republic, are also reportedly considering participating, while Britain and Germany have hung back.

Jan 27, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, Horn of Africa

Having taken a central role in the UN’s efforts to save lives in South Sudan, India should encourage an open debate – domestically and internationally.

Read the full Pragati article here

Jan 17, 2014
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa, South Asia, India

Twenty years after Rwanda, is the United Nations any better at preventing mass atrocities?

Read the full New York Times article here

Jan 17, 2014
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa

While the specifics of the post-2015 development agenda are still being discussed, there is substantial momentum behind a “transformative” and “universal” agenda. But what does that mean?

Jan 13, 2014

The European Union, so often accused of lacking strategic purpose, seems to have discovered a new security role: keeping African airports safe.

Read the full ECFR article here.

Jan 13, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

It is an absolute certainty that 2014 will be a turbulent year for the United Nations. The organization is struggling with crises ranging from the chaos in the Central African Republic (CAR) to the plight of Syrian refugees. There is little hope that these challenges will dissipate soon. Yet two sets of peace talks this month could well decide whether the U.N. faces a truly dreadful year ahead, or just a very difficult one. 

Jan 06, 2014
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa, Middle East, Syria

After two weeks of slaughter in South Sudan, UNMISS, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, faces three possible scenarios: fragile success, prolonged agony and decisive failure. In the first and best scenario, the mission will manage to hold together militarily long enough for more-or-less sincere political talks to end the violence. In the second, it might muddle through in the face of half-hearted negotiations and spasmodic but serious violence, trying to save as many lives as possible.

Dec 30, 2013
Richard Gowan
Horn of Africa

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