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Can UN Peacekeeping Adapt to a Fast Changing Global Security Landscape?

A panel of independent experts recently published an exhaustive and hotly awaited report on the future of UN Peacekeeping.

Liberia’s Ebola Outbreak Spreads

Liberia is no longer ebola free. This just goes to show how health officials must remain exceedingly vigilant.

This Video Shows Why Delivering Nepal Earthquake Relief Requires Very Skilled (and Brave) Drivers

This video from UNICEF does a good job showing just how difficult the road conditions are in Nepal, and how brave truck drivers are a key node in the humanitarian relief supply chain.

Cuba Sets Global Health Milestone

Cuba became the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Can Women Solve FIFA’s Corruption Problem?

We thought we had seen the last of Sepp Blatter. The notorious embattled FIFA boss who is reportedly under criminal investigation in the United States after several of his compatriots were arrested on corruption charges related to World Cup bidding process, has yet again found himself in a media storm.

Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank Comes Alive

The Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank came to life yesterday in a signing ceremony in Beijing. It was created over US objections and a number of key US allies have joined as founding members.

Episode 71: J. Stephen Morrison

Stephen Morrison is the Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Map of the Day: The Most Peaceful Country in the World Is…


  Today’s map comes from the Global Peace Index, released by the Institute for Economics and Peace last week.

“A Neither Free Nor Fair Election”

It’s election day in Burundi. And the African Union is recalling its election observers. “The African Union stood down its election observers in Burundi on Sunday, saying Monday’s parliamentary election would be neither free nor fair, as the speaker of parliament said he had fled after being threatened and heavy gunfire echoed across the capital.

UN Charter and Marriage Equality, A Serendipitous Day in San Francisco


The pre-amble to the UN Charter is an impressive expression of idealism. Even in the wake of World War Two,  world leaders had an expectation that humanity was going to lift itself up from the degradations experienced in the years prior.

This Amazing Woman Was A Translator at the Original United Nations Conference


Ellen Magnin Newman was a star high school student in San Francisco in 1945 when world leaders came to her city to negotiate the United Nations Charter.

Happy 70th, UN Charter

The treaty that created the United Nations turns 70 years old today. On June 26, 1945 leaders from 50 of the original member states gathered in San Francisco to sign the United Nations Charter.

This Giant Mural in Oakland, California Commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations


On June 26, 1945 representatives of 50 countries gathered in San Francisco sign the the United Nations Charter, the treaty that gave birth to the United Nations.

Fresh Ebola Outbreak in Freetown

Yet another reminder that we are not out of the woods yet. Far from it. Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown has suffered a fresh outbreak of Ebola, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly epidemic.

The UN Charter Turns 70 Years Old This Week. Here’s The Story of How it Came to Life


The UN Charter turns 70 years old on June 26. This is the founding treaty that created the United Nations and in this episode you will learn the fascinating and legitimately entertaining history of that document and of the 1945 San Francisco conference that produced it.

Avian Flu in West Africa

The UN Food and Agriculture organization has not yet predicted how this outbreak may affect food security in the region.

In Breakthrough for Peace, Malian Rebels Sign Peace Accord

June 20, 2015, will go down as a milestone in Mali’s history. Following months of negotiations in Algeria, a first – failed – attempt at signing the peace agreement between the Malian government and the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), and long weeks of back-and-forth between the government, the rebels and negotiators – including some set-backs which almost made the agreement impossible – the historic peace agreement was signed in Bamako on Saturday June 20.

EU Threatens Big Sanctions on Burundi

Meanwhile, a grenade attack in a bar killed four people. These attacks are becoming more commonplace in the run up to the presidential elections next month.

3 Takeaways from the UN’s Gaza Report

A UN Human Rights Council commission of inquiry dispatched to investigate alleged human rights violations stemming from last year’s conflict in Gaza and Israel released a long awaited report today.

Episode 70: Paula Dobriansky

Paula Dobriansky served as Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs for the entire George W Bush administration.


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