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Monthly Archives: June 2016
How Brexit could weaken France at the Security Council
By David Bosco Alongside the cascade of commentary on Brexit’s implications for Britain and the European Union, a few observers are asking what it will mean for the United Nations, and particularly for the Security Council. The consensus view seems … Continue reading
Can regional organizations save democracy?
By David Bosco Scholars have examined whether a country’s membership in regional organizations can impact its domestic politics. Jon Pevehouse’s 2005 book Democracy from Above made the case that regional groupings, in certain contexts, can help shape domestic politics and solidify transitions … Continue reading
Human Rights Council tempers its focus on Israel
By David Bosco One of the most persistent criticisms of the UN’s Human Rights Council is that it has focused disproportionately–almost obsessively–on the Israel-Palestine dispute. The Obama administration has argued that its engagement with the Council has helped to improve that … Continue reading
Erdogan blasts Security Council structure
By David Bosco Speaking in Uganda, Turkish president Recep Erdogan made pointed comments about the structure of the UN Security Council: Criticising the veto power of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Erdogan said, “The world cannot … Continue reading
Ending reappointment for WTO judges?
By David Bosco I wrote last week about the controversy surrounding U.S. opposition to reappointing a member of the WTO’s appellate body. Yesterday, a collection of former appellate body members released a letter expressing concern about the episode’s impact on the … Continue reading