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Taiwan taps on United Nations’ door, 50 years after departure (Erin Hale, Al Jazeera)

Fifty years ago on October 25, the Republic of China (ROC) – the official name for Taiwan –  was formally expelled from the United Nations by a vote of the General Assembly and replaced by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which had taken power in Beijing at the end of the country’s civil war […]

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What Can the United Nations Do About Counterterrorism? (Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Defense One)

In the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United Nations Security Council moved swiftly and laid the keystone of an international framework of counterterrorism efforts. Twenty years later, it’s past time to rethink all of them. Back then, the Security Council obliged states to deny terrorists safe haven and material support through […]

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Iraq/United Nations – The prospects and limitations of United Nations election observation in Iraq (Brookings)

In October 2021, after nearly two years of intermittent protests that brought down the government of Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi, Iraqis are posed to go to the polls for early elections. One of the main debates surrounding early elections is the degree of involvement of the United Nations. Many political elites have called for […]