World Politics Review

Reviewing a recent article in the FInancial Times, NYU CIC Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan argues that the logic of "primitive multilateralism" has endured since the 1919 Versailles Treaty.

Jan 07, 2019
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

What happened in the multilateral system in 2018? Looking back over the year, it is possible to identify three strategic trends and a last-minute political surprise that may resonate in the future.

Dec 17, 2018
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

Non Resident Fellow Richard Gowan analyzes the role of the European Union (EU) in the United Nations Security Council, given three new factors - Brexit, the growing number of EU members dedicating more time to Security Council affairs, and the current US administration's antipathy to multilateral institutions. 

Nov 28, 2018
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security
Security Council Considers Situation in Central African Republic

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What does a small spat in the Security Council over the Central African Republic, or CAR, tell us about the state of major power relations?

Nov 19, 2018
Richard Gowan

Peace is complicated. That is the overriding, if unintended, message of this week’s Paris Peace Forum, a new multilateral conclave initiated by the French government to commemorate the end of World War I. 

Nov 12, 2018
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

With US midterm elections approaching, Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan analyzes the importance of the US Congress in shaping multilateral affairs.

Oct 29, 2018
Richard Gowan
United Nations

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan argues that the next American ambassador to the United Nations should have at least a passing interest in Africa, as roughly half of the Security Council's resolutions and statements focus on African issues, and 80 percent of UN peacekeepers are deployed on the continent.

Oct 15, 2018
Richard Gowan
Peace and Security

The most worrying aspects of Trump’s performance at the UN General Assembly last week did not concern war and peace. Instead they centered on trade and aid.

Oct 01, 2018
Richard Gowan

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan discusses the implications of UN involvement in counterterrorist missions. He argues that while peacekeeping bodies are not meant to serve this function, their supportive involvement on peacekeeping efforts contributes to preserving higher levels of discipline and accountability. These could otherwise be absent without the UN’s multilateral checks.

Sep 10, 2018
Richard Gowan

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan delivers his thoughts on the important lessons former Secretary-General Kofi Annan has left for international diplomacy. Highlighting his most important strengths, Gowan argues that Annan will almost certainly be remembered as one of the best secretaries-general the UN has had.

Aug 22, 2018
Richard Gowan

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