International Law

Syria and the Demise of the Responsibility to Protect

Stuart Gottlieb, The National Interest

For proponents of international human rights and humanitarian intervention, the international community’s haphazard response to the ongoing Syrian conflict must be difficult to process. After largely ignoring Syria for two years, the world—led by the United States—suddenly became acutely engaged last August over the issue of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government.

Rebutting Rector Attalides’s Position: “The Cyprus Problem in 2004″…

By Aris Petasis*

In his article “The Cyprus Problem in 2004: Three Differences from 2004 and One Similarity” appearing in the September, 2013 issue of In Depth Rector Attalides of the University of Nicosia writes, “In 2004 one of the issues impeding a solution was that the economically overconfident Greek Cypriot community was convinced by its leaders (my italics) that a solution would mean that it would need to subsidize the poorer Turkish Cypriots.”

NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts

James Ball 

 The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The east Mediterranean gas dilemma

Amanda Paul

With Europe still on the hunt for new gas sources to further reduce its dependence on Russia, gas discovered around Israel and Cyprus could potentially end up in Europe. There remains a small problem, however: how to get it there.

Glass just half-full in Erdoğan’s reform plan


Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan has divided his much-awaited “democratization” package into two: the steps which need changes in the current legislation through Parliament and those which need only a Cabinet decree or even a letter by a minister to be put into effect.

Obama's UN Speech Offers Insight, But Few Answers

Geoffrey Aronson

US President Barack Obama gave an extraordinary speech before the UN General Assembly on Sept. 24, one that illuminates the inner struggles of an administration that is being whipsawed by its varying and often contradictory impulses in the region. It is difficult to see who will be reassured by Obama's praiseworthy effort to offer the international community insight into the policy considerations that have produced chaotic, contradictory and frequently maddening policy outcomes across the tumultuous Middle East.

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