Monthly Archives: December 2014

UPDATE: What to know about Palestine joining the International Criminal Court

By David Bosco Yesterday brought major news related to international justice: in the wake of a  Security Council rebuff, Palestine has reportedly signed the Rome Statute, potentially giving the International Criminal Court (ICC) broad jurisdiction over its territory. Palestinian leaders … Continue reading

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Some Unanswered Questions from the Posner-Roth Debate

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] A recent exchange between Eric Posner and Kenneth Roth in the New York Times on the effectiveness of international human rights treaties underscores a desperate need for more theory and more evidence about … Continue reading

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Cuba’s road to the World Bank

By David Bosco Scott Morris at the Center for Global Development wonders if the rapprochement between Washington and Havana will finally usher Cuba back into the World Bank: Cuba withdrew its membership from the World Bank in 1960…establishing membership will … Continue reading

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International Politics in 2015: Ten Predictions

By Oliver Stuenkel 1. Russia and the West: Towards long-term estrangement  Attempts to improve ties between Russia and the West will be hampered by the fact that the current state of affairs is not the product of short-term animosities or … Continue reading

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The slow demise of the UN’s Darfur peacekeeping mission

By David Bosco Evidence is mounting that the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur is in its last phase. The government of Omar al-Bashir has said that it wants a quick “exit strategy” for the force, which comprises almost 20,000 soldiers … Continue reading

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Ban wants quick end to UN’s Ebola mission

By David Bosco In mid-September, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon created the organization’s first-ever emergency public health mission, the UN Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER), headed by veteran UN official Anthony Banbury. Not only was UNMEER’s mission unprecedented, it … Continue reading

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Capitol Hill versus Turtle Bay

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from Permanent Observer] Congress has always been fond of writing legislation that restricts how international organizations can operate. In last year’s continuing resolution, there were prohibitions on US spending on the new UN headquarters renovations, as … Continue reading

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