Author Archives: David Bosco

About David Bosco

Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Author of Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics and Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World

A way forward for North Korean accountability

By David Bosco The members of the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry on North Korea have been making the rounds in Washington this week. Led by former Australian judge Michael Kirby, the commission has had a notable impact. Its report, … Continue reading

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The many questions facing a Ukraine peacekeeping force

By David Bosco The notion of an international peacekeeping force for eastern Ukraine is gaining some traction. In the wake of a humiliating withdrawal from Debaltseve, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko explicitly called for such a force this week. Via the … Continue reading

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How the Security Council could unplug an ICC Palestine investigation

By David Bosco More than a month after Palestine moved to join the International Criminal Court, the issue has now mostly faded from the headlines. More quietly, however, key actors are jostling for position. On January 16, the ICC prosecutor … Continue reading

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Why should only the P5 have an obligation to act on atrocities?

By David Bosco For several years now, French diplomats at the United Nations have been seeking to create a new norm of behavior on the Security Council. Specifically, they have argued that the permanent members should accept an obligation not … Continue reading

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A new Cold War? Not judging by the Security Council

By David Bosco Earlier this month, the UN’s Department of Political affairs put out a survey of Security Council activity in 2014. The report contains several interesting nuggets, but the most consequential might be evidence that the Council’s activity levels … Continue reading

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Keep China out of the TPP party (for now)

By Sarah Cleeland Knight Free-traders in Washington believe that 2015 may finally be the year that the United States and 11 Asia-Pacific countries finish negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  We won’t know the details of the agreement until the … Continue reading

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What Ebola tells us about the World Health Organization

By Mike Schroeder Speaking to African member states late last year, Dr. Margaret Chan, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), accused the world of tolerating “long-neglected health systems” while singling out a “profit-driven industry” for not investing in … Continue reading

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The debate over the International Monetary Fund and Ebola

By David Bosco For several weeks, a war of words has been underway about whether International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies contributed to the Ebola outbreak in parts of west Africa. The Lancet touched off the debate with this article, which … Continue reading

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The next steps for Palestine at the International Criminal Court

By David Bosco The last few days have answered some important questions regarding the Palestinian move to join the court and seek an investigation of Israel. On Friday, Palestinian officials delivered their accession papers to officials at United Nations headquarters … Continue reading

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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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