Monthly Archives: December 2014

China’s latest move: a BRICS bank for climate finance?

By Pete Ogden At the latest round of UN climate talks in Lima, Peru that concluded yesterday, negotiators representing more than 190 countries lunged and parried their way to an outcome that will guide countries as they scramble to reach … Continue reading

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Lima and the complexity of scorekeeping

By Martin Edwards [Crossposted from the Permanent Observer.] This morning the news is abuzz with details of the newly brokered Lima Call for Climate Action. There will doubtless be numerous news analyses of the winners and losers from the deal … Continue reading

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Brazilian foreign policy: into the dark

By Oliver Stuenkel The current debate about Brazilian foreign policy is an odd one: Rather than exchanging competing ideas of how to best defend Brazil’s national interests abroad, the discussion among foreign policy analysts is marked by an increasingly universal … Continue reading

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Report: IMF will seek to bypass U.S. Congress

By David Bosco For several years now,  states that are members of the International Monetary Fund have been waiting for Washington. Specifically, they have been waiting for the U.S. Congress to approve a package of voting and governance reforms negotiated … Continue reading

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Has the human rights movement failed?

By David Bosco Human rights organizations arguably have more influence (and more cash) than ever before. In the multilateral realm, human rights mechanisms at both the global and regional level enjoy increased reach and new prominence. And yet a number … Continue reading

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Attention, Security Council junkies

By David Bosco Those of us who follow the UN Security Council closely know that the bible on sometimes byzantine Council practice and rules has long been The Procedure of the UN Security Council, first published in 1975 by Sydney … Continue reading

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U.S. conduct in Afghanistan attracts ICC scrutiny

By David Bosco I have a  piece up at Foreign Policy detailing the update by the ICC prosecutor’s office on the status of its Afghanistan examination. For the first time, the prosecutor has stated explicitly that U.S. forces may have … Continue reading

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Should the World Food Program identify its delinquent donors?

By David Bosco Facing a funding shortfall, the UN’s World Food Program has taken the dramatic step of cutting aid to Syrian refugees. The Washington Post reports: The program, which provides electronic vouchers for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, … Continue reading

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