President Obama’s stated willingness to go it alone on Syria surprises those who followed him during the previous administration, when, as a senator, he derided George W. Bush’s commitment to multilateralism and questioned his “coalition of the willing” in Iraq.

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Sep 10, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

Saudi Arabia, has been quietly exploring the possibility of seeking a U.N. General Assembly vote that would provide some cover for military action.

Sep 06, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

The United Nations is making a desperate new push for a Syria peace conference even as the United States prepares a possible military strike, according to diplomats.

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Sep 05, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

It is time to set Lakhdar Brahimi free. After a year's service as envoy for the United Nations and Arab League to Syria, the veteran Algerian mediator faces the final breakdown of his efforts to end the war. Disillusioned with both the Syrian government and its opponents, he came close to resigning in May. Since then he has hung on, mainly because his departure would look like an admission that a peace deal is impossible. His demeanor suggests that he is painfully conscious of the hopelessness of his situation.

Sep 03, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria

If the US and her allies launch air strikes on Syria, Irish troops serving with United Nations peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon could be at risk.

Aug 29, 2013
Richard Gowan
Europe, Middle East, Syria

Will military action by the US, Britain and France against Syria be justified in terms of international law?

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Aug 27, 2013
Richard Gowan

Ten years after George W. Bush brushed aside the UN Security Council to invade Iraq, US President Barack Obama is poised to strike Syria without UN approval

Aug 28, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

In the face of a U.N. Security Council deadlocked on Syria, the United States and its allies could seek other means of legitimizing any retaliatory strike they launch against Syria's government for last week's alleged gas attack on civilians.

Aug 27, 2013
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States

There will be many eulogies for Sergio Vieira de Mello in the weeks ahead. Next Monday, Aug. 19, marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the charismatic Brazilian United Nations official in Baghdad. The veteran of humanitarian and peacekeeping missions from Sudan to Timor-Leste had reluctantly taken the post of U.N. special representative to Iraq after the U.S. and its allies toppled Saddam Hussein. When a suicide-bomber killed him and 21 of his colleagues in an attack on their lightly guarded headquarters, U.N. officials were traumatized.

Aug 13, 2013
Richard Gowan
Brazil, Middle East
United Nations

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