Monthly Archives: December 2014

World Bank scolded on human rights

By David Bosco A few days ago, a group of United Nations human rights experts released a quite unusual letter that sharply criticized the World Bank for its treatment of human rights. More than two dozen UN special rapporteurs and … Continue reading

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The UN and the challenges of protecting civilians in South Sudan

By David Bosco For months now, United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan have been sheltering tens of thousands of displaced persons on its bases. As lawyer and UN veteran Ralph Mamiya explains in this piece, it’s an almost unprecedented situation … Continue reading

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Prosecuting the Taliban

By David Bosco The horrendous Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar–which appears to have taken the lives of more than one hundred children–raises the question of whether any form of international accountability is available for Taliban crimes. Pakistan is … Continue reading

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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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