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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

    Q&A on Kenya Terrorist Attack and Al-Shabaab

    Who is al-Shabaab? Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group operating in the Horn of Africa. The group emerged in 2006 as a radical youth wing of the Islamic Courts government in Somalia. Al-Shabaab has been very successful in attracting foreign recruits to Somalia to join al-Shabaab. The group is notorious … More

    Doctors Without Borders: Unprecedented Departure from Somalia

    Violent attacks against humanitarian aid workers in Somalia—and tolerance of the violence by Somali civilian leadership—is forcing Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières—MSF) to end its programs in the country. MSF has been serving continuously on a medical humanitarian mission in Somalia for over 22 years enduring tremendously high levels … More

    France Needs To See the Job Through in Mali

    Last week, a donor conference comprised principally of the U.S. and European nations pledged $4.22 billion for reconstruction efforts in war-torn Mali, most of which is contingent upon Mali holding elections on July 28. The size of the pledge indicates the myriad problems facing the African nation, problems that a … More

    U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in Mali Poised for Failure

    The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a United Nations peacekeeping force to Mali, the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). The U.N. has previously avoided such peacekeeping missions, and with good reason. Some of the U.N.’s darkest hours were the result of peacekeeping missions sent in the absence … More

    Morning Bell: What's at Stake in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Hollywood actor Ben Affleck brings his star power to Congress today to testify on the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its implications for the United States. Affleck will be joined at the hearing by Heritage’s James Jay Carafano, who will explain why the Obama … More

    WATCH LIVE: Congressional Hearing on Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Today at 10 a.m. the House Armed Services Committee will host a hearing on the evolving instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the implications for national security. Heritage’s Jim Carafano, Ph.D., vice president for foreign and defense policy studies, will provide testimony on the Obama administration’s … More

    A Year of Living Dangerously: Obama’s U.N. Policy

    On the anniversary of the November 2008 election, it seems appropriate to assess the impact of the Administration on America’s relationship with the United Nations. After all, one of President Obama’s sharpest criticisms of the Bush Administration was its supposed resistance to multilateral efforts—particularly U.N.-led multilateral efforts—to resolve international problems. … More