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Exploring the ‘space between’ that is Diplomacy: Syria and US Foreign Policy

Exploring the ‘space between’ that is Diplomacy: Syria and US Foreign Policy

Jill Sargent Russell

12 September 2012

 

(No, this is not a reference to the Dave Matthews Band tune, as I do not intend to link emo-pop with international relations. Even I have limits. “The tragic space between the unacceptable and the impossible” is how one journalist phrased the place of diplomacy in difficult situations.

U.N. Details Flows of Syrian Refugees

U.N. Details Flows of Syrian Refugees

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

September 11, 2012 GENEVA

As fighting continues in Syria, an “extraordinaryacceleration” in movements of refugees is compounding the difficultiesfor humanitarian relief efforts, the United Nations refugee agencysaid on Tuesday.

Is Bin Laden Winning?

Is Bin Laden Winning?

Robert Wright Sep 11 2012

If in 2001, a few hours after the 9/11 attacks, you had described toOsama bin Laden the world that would exist exactly 11 years later, howwould he have reacted?

A Stubborn Terror

A Stubborn Terror

September 10, 2012

Eleven years after 9/11, al Qaeda is fighting back. Despite a focused and concerted American-led global effort—despite the blows inflicted on it by drones, SEALS, and spies—the terror group is thriving in the Arab world, thanks to the revolutions that swept across it in the last 18 months. And the group remains intent on striking inside America and Europe.

The New Insecurity in a Globalized World

The New Insecurity in a Globalized World

Elizabeth Wilke |

September 2012

 

 

A new conceptualization of insecurity and instability is needed in a world with greater and freer movement of goods, services and people – both legal and illicit – greater demands on weakening governments and the internationalization of local conflicts. The new insecurity is fundamentally derived from the responses of people and groups to greater uncertainty in an increasingly volatile world. Governments, and increasingly other actors need to recognize this in order to promote sustained stability in the long-term, locally and internationally.

UN chief blames Syria arms suppliers for spreading misery

UN chief blames Syria arms suppliers for spreading misery

Euronews, 5 September 2012

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has accused Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of arming the Syrian conflict, spreading misery as the fighting intensifies.

The latest unverified video said to be in Aleppo certainly illustrates the use of heavy weaponry.

Meanwhile the new UN and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi called for unity in addressing the crisis during his first speech to the General Assembly.

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