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    The Syrian Off Ramp to Nowhere

    President Obama’s speech tonight makes one thing clear: Despite all his bellicose rhetoric, he never wanted to strike Syria in the first place. Yes, he has focused on making a case for military action, but the real action now will be diplomatic—responding to the Russian proposal to eliminate Syria’s chemical … More

    Top 5 Reasons Not to Use Missile Strikes in Syria

    There are press reports that the White House is considering missile strikes on the Assad regime in Syria to punish it for the use of chemical weapons. That is a bad idea for five reasons. 1. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine is not adequate justification for direct military intervention. … More

    North Korea’s Crimes Against Humanity

    The United Nations commission of inquiry on human rights abuses in North Korea began taking testimony from defectors in South Korea yesterday. It is the first U.N. commission to investigate whether North Korea’s human rights abuses could be classified as crimes against humanity. “Crimes against humanity” are legally defined as … More

    Burma’s Release of Child Soldiers: Promising, but Not Enough

    This past week, Burma announced the release of 68 child soldiers from its ranks. This latest action is promising, but progress toward ridding the army of its estimated 5,000 child soldiers is likely to be a long and arduous process. The U.S. should maintain pressure on Burma to ensure that … 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. Disabilities Treaty Unnecessary to Protect the Disabled

    The State Department marked the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week by touting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). As Heritage expert Kim Holmes points out in The Washington Times, the United States already has the most effective system … 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

    Hatch: U.S. Should Protect Sovereignty, Not Promote a U.N. Treaty

    Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) delivered a broadside on the Senate floor last week to proponents of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations human rights treaty signed by the Obama Administration in July 2009. Senator Hatch analyzed the treaty in the … More

    Still Waiting on China to Pressure North Korea on Nukes

    The China–South Korea summit, as the U.S.–China summit that preceded it, is a Rorschach test allowing for greater optimism or pessimism regarding Beijing’s willingness to resolve the North Korean nuclear problem. In both venues, Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and resolving the impasse through … More

    “Women Deliver” Fails to Deliver for Women’s Basic Needs

      Women Deliver hosted its third annual conference last month as part of its effort to achieve the targets set forth in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, and as in previous years, the speakers and events focused primarily on contraception and abortion. Among the “development” community, any … More