US Gov't Peacekeeping Issues

A call for force in Cote d'Ivoire

Published March 25, 2011 by Foreign Policy
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Louise Arbour, president of the International Crisis Group, has penned a letter to the Security Council asking for a more forceful response to escalating violence in Cote d'Ivoire:

[T]he Security Council should immediately authorise military action to ensure the protection of the population by UNOCI or other authorised forces and to support President Alassane Ouattara and his government in exercising authority over the armed forces and ensuring the territorial integrity of the state..."

Peacekeeping, by the numbers

Published March 2, 2011 by Foreign Policy - The Multilateralist
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New York University's Center on International Cooperation is out with its annual Review of Global Peace Operations. It's a fantastic update on UN and non-UN peacekeeping operations around the world. It's also full of good data on where peacekeepers operate, who they are, and who funds them.

Sudan’s President, in Power Since 1989, Won’t Run Again, Spokesman Says

Published February 22, 2011 by New York Times
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NAIROBI, Kenya — President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, who has been in power for more than 20 years and faces international charges of genocide, will not run for office again after his current term ends in four years, a Sudanese government spokesman said Monday.

House to battle over funds to increase security at the U.N.

Published February 9, 2011 by Foreign Policy - The Cable
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House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) will get her first chance to fulfill her promise to cut U.S. funding from the United Nations tomorrow, when the House votes on a bill to take back $180 million already given to the U.N.

United Nations Fund Up for Scrutiny as Republicans Continue Savings Hunt

House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will fire her first legislative salvo against the United Nations this week when the chamber takes up her bill to force the return of money the United States overpaid to the international organization.

According to the legislation, which has yet to be formally introduced, the United Nations has owed the United States $179 million in overpayments to the U.N.’s Tax Equalization Fund since Dec. 31, 2009. It is currently scheduled for House consideration Feb. 9.

US to rebuild Sudan ties once south vote accepted

Published February 2, 2011 by AFP
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KHARTOUM (AFP) – The United States will start normalising its ties with Sudan once the outcome of the southern Sudanese independence referendum is approved, deputy US secretary of state James Steinberg said Wednesday.

"Once the results are certified, that will allow us ... to begin to take steps towards normalisation, including dealing with the state sponsors (of terrorism) list, as well as deepening our diplomatic ties," Steinberg told reporters in Khartoum after meeting Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Karti.

Illinois soldiers now in the middle of Egypt tension Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110130/news/799999772/#ixzz1Cj0MQGcv

Published January 31, 2011 by Daily Herald
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Like swirling riptides, there are two undercurrents pulling and pushing the crisis in Egypt.

Israel and the Suez Canal.

A half-world away, 440 Illinois National Guard troopers are right between the two – literally.

Somalia: Counting the cost of anarchy

Published January 26, 2011 by BBC
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Somalia has not been under the control of a single national government since 26 January 1991, when military strongman Siad Barre was toppled. What impact has 20 years of war and instability had on Somalia and its people?

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