Blog Posts: United Nations

The U.N. Decides to Step Up in Yemen

After taking the sidelines for much of the Yemen Civil War, the U.N. has decided it is time to hold someone accountable for the human rights violations so prevalent in the country.
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1 Comment | Posted by Christopher P. Callahan on Mon. October 17, 2016 8:00 AM
Categories: United Nations, Yemen

The legal and moral dimensions of a no-fly zone over Syria

Several former foreign-policy officials have proposed a "no-fly zone" over parts of Syria as a way of shielding civilians from attacks by government forces. President Obama and others have criticized the idea as likely to provoke a confrontation with Russia. Whatever the policy merits, a no-fly zone could have some justification in international law.
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No Comments | Posted by John A. Sorenson (Adam) on Wed. March 9, 2016 11:55 AM
Categories: Law of War, Refugees/Asylum, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Syria, United Nations

New sanctions on North Korea could bite deep

North Korea has been just as recalcitrant under Kim Jong Un as it was under his father and grandfather. But a new round of sanctions, following the Hermit Kingdom's nuclear test, could exert more pressure than its predecessors. 
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No Comments | Posted by Madison L. Beveridge on Tue. March 8, 2016 8:31 PM
Categories: North Korea, South Korea, United Nations, WMD

Security Council resolution targets sexual violence

A U.N. Security Council resolution aims to stamp out mass rape and gender violence as tools of war. It's also a response to allegations against the United Nations' own blue-helmeted peacekeepers.
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No Comments | Posted by Nathan M. Anonick on Tue. March 1, 2016 9:08 PM
Categories: U.N. Security Council, United Nations, Women's rights

H-Bomb threat aims to stymie action on N. Korea human rights

In a statement released after its purported H-bomb test, North Korea suggested that the test was in response to a UN report critical of its record on human rights.

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No Comments | Posted by Madeline A. Salamone (Maddie) on Mon. January 25, 2016 2:15 AM
Categories: International Human Rights, North Korea, United Nations, WMD

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Would Ratification Impact American Kids?

The United States is now the only U.N. member that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. While this may be relevant on the world stage, it is far from clear that ratification would have any significant impact on the rights of U.S. children.


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No Comments | Posted by Ellenmai Korkoya on Tue. November 3, 2015 9:40 AM
Categories: Children's rights, International Human Rights, Somalia, United Nations, United States

Draft provisions in climate pact remain vague as December conference nears

Most of the world's largest nations are pushing to conclude a landmark climate agreement in December. But their unity has come at a price. A draft agreement released in early October left open the key metric for progress.


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No Comments | Posted by Kathryn E. White on Mon. October 19, 2015 8:45 PM
Categories: Climate Change, Environmental, France, International regulatory coordination, United Nations

ICC prosecution targets destruction of ancient religious sites

The ICC case, which follows the destruction of religious and cultural monuments in Mali, is in one sense the first of its kind.


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No Comments | Posted by Kathryn J. Hesman on Tue. October 13, 2015 2:01 PM
Categories: Africa, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, Iraq, Islamic State, Syria, Terrorism, UNESCO, United Nations

Cameron and The Caroline: Are UK drone strikes on ISIS “self-defense”?

An 1837 incident involving Canadian rebels has become a key test for anticipatory self-defense. What does it mean for a recent UK drone strike against ISIS?


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No Comments | Posted by Amanda M. Hayes on Wed. September 23, 2015 9:41 PM
Categories: Insurgency, Islamic State, Law of War, Syria, Terrorism, United Kingdom, United Nations

UN Report: Escalation in Ukraine

The United Nations (UN) recently released a report drawing attention to escalating violence in Ukraine in violation of the Minsk agreement. There has been a marked surge in casualties that the UN Report attributes to an influx of Russian troops and heavy artillery. More than 6,000 people have been killed since the fighting started in April. Between December 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015, at least 1,012 people were killed and at least 3,793 were wounded in the conflict area of eastern Ukraine.


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Posted by Lauren F. Tonon on Sun. March 22, 2015 5:33 PM
Categories: European Union, Insurgency, Russia, Ukraine, United Nations
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