UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman spoke in Washington, DC on Friday on the security situation in Africa and the Middle East, including updates on Mali, Somalia, and Syria.
Niger is one of the poorest countries on the planet, yet 50,000 Malians have fled there to escape fighting at home. Niger does not have the capacity to feed, shelter, and provide basic humanitarian relief to these refugees. The international community needs to step up, but so far funding for humanitarian relief is falling short.
journalists on Monday to discuss the role of the UN in managing complex crises and conflicts. The two major topics of discussion were Syria and Mali, where ongoing combat situations need to be alleviated before peacekeeping efforts can begin and where new and more organized forms of terrorism present distinct challenges for the UN.
The head of UN Peacekeeping Herve Lasdous briefed the press today, leaving a strong impression that a UN peacekeeping mission for Mali is coming in the near future. 5 reasons why that may succeed or fail.
In a rare show of national unity, the French are rallying behind President François Hollande's decision to intervene militarily in the Malian conflict. Here's a look at the historical and political forces at play.