UN Sanctions

Syria: A Trap of Moscow’s Own Making

President on relations with Syrian government

Although Russia has been a longstanding patron of the Syrian government, Moscow may soon find that its support for the beleaguered regime is a trap of its own making.

Taliban Talks? Think Again

US and Taliban interests and motivations

It seems that Afghan and NATO authorities are once more seeking a dialogue with the Taliban- even after last year’s debacle of being fooled by a ‘very clever’ Pakistani shopkeeper pretending to be a Taliban official.

The UN Gambit

Libyan army fire anti-aircraft rounds during air strikes by coalition forces in Tripoli

Resolution 1973, the UN Security Council resolution that implemented a no-fly zone over Libya, has been passed against the backdrop of a complex web of interests.

Ivory Coast: a New Civil War?

Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast

Electoral deadlock in the Ivory Coast is threatening to once again cast the world’s largest cocoa producer into a spiral of civil war.

ANALYSIS: The 65th UN General Assembly

US President Barack Obama speaks to the UN

Here are a few trends to expect from the 65th UN General Assembly, currently being held at UN headquarters in New York.

BRIC Countries Summit

2nd BRIC Summit

Last week’s BRIC countries summit in Brasilia witnessed the beginning of what will surely become a trend over the next few decades: BRIC coordination against the United States on important issues in international society.

DPRK Instability

South Korean army soldiers in Yeoncheon

In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, we find a nuclear-armed state with a collapsing economy and a blurred line of leadership succession. In short, a geopolitical time bomb.

International Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Nuclear Explosion

This backgrounder examines the international nuclear nonproliferation regime; specifically the origins, benefits, and drawbacks of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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