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  • Is a U.N. Mission to the Central African Republic the Answer?

    The United Nations Security Council on April 10 authorized a U.N. peacekeeping operation for the Central African Republic (CAR) of 10,000 troops and 1,800 police officers called the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission to CAR (MINUSCA). MINUSCA will replace the current African Union (AU) 6,000 troop Mission to the Central African … More

    Six Billion in Taxpayer Dollars Disappears from State Department Records

    According to a recent report by the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), $6 billion worth of contracting money paid out by the department over the past six years cannot be accounted for. The revelation calls into question the management of the State Department across the tenures of … More

    United Nations Disregards Vatican

    The international “smart set” regularly chastises the United States for not ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). One need only look to a recent report by the CRC’s treaty committee for full justification of U.S. reticence. Human-rights “experts” on U.N. treaty bodies like the Committee … More

    Syria: Destruction of Chemical Weapons Likely to Face More Delays and Challenges

    Last week, the Obama Administration revealed, “Syria has shipped just 4 percent of so-called Priority One chemicals, which were supposed to be completely removed from the country by the end of 2013. About the same percentage of less-deadly Priority Two chemicals have been shipped to date.” It further accused the … More

    At Today’s UN: A Blind Eye to Corruption

    A recent Associated Press report raises concerns about the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services. OIOS is supposed to be the organization’s equivalent of an inspector general. But AP’s story leaves doubt that the OIOS is willing and able to fulfill its oversight functions. The story, in a nutshell, … More

    8 Americans to Remember This Christmas

    Christmas is a time for celebration and family. It should also be a time for reflection, appreciation for all we have, and remembrance of those who are in need. While most of us are gathering with loved ones, there are Americans being held prisoner in repressive countries around the world—often … More

    5 Reasons Congress Should Press Obama on Syria

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) both endorsed military action in Syria yesterday, but it’s unclear whether President Obama has sufficient support in Congress for a resolution authorizing such action. House and Senate hearings this week give Members of Congress an opportunity to question the … More

    Secretary Kerry’s Pointless U.N. Trip

    John Kerry traveled to the United Nations for the first time as Secretary of State on Thursday to attend a Security Council meeting on “The Situation in the Great Lakes Region: Supporting the Great Lakes Framework.” In his rather verbose statement, he called on all parties to end support of … More

    U.N. Intervention Brigade in Congo Greeted with Increased Violence

    The United Nations’ peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has not significantly improved the situation in the DRC. The lack of progress and the recent escalation of violence raise questions about whether U.N. peacekeeping operations are the best means for addressing ongoing conflicts like those in … More

    Halt the Senate Rush to Fill Dysfunctional Broadcasting Board

    An untimely rush is on in the Senate to fill board positions in one of the government’s most dysfunctional agencies, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). Perpetuating non-functioning government structures is never the answer, though it admittedly is standard Washington practice. What’s more, rushing through the nominations will create a … More