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Indian FPU Officer in conjunction with Brazilian UN peacekeepers secures the perimeter of a bank downtown. Port au Prince Haiti was rocked by a massive earthquake, Tuesday January 12, devastating the city and leaving thousands dead. Photo Marco Dormino

Why the UN Can’t Stop Civilian Slaughter

Though the perceived function of the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations is to protect civilians in conflict, it is often unable to fulfill its role in safeguarding vulnerable lives. What hinders the organization from preventing loss of civilian life, and why? Authors Bellamy and Hunt explore the expectations attached to the organization and why these expectations may not necessarily reflect reality on the ground.

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The Evolution and Challenges of UN Targeted Sanctions

In 1990, the United Nations Security Council imposed several economic sanctions on Iraq in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. These measures were aimed at restoring international peace and security; however, they failed to accomplish their goals while raising political, economic, and humanitarian concerns. This was also the case with similar sanctions imposed on Haiti and former Yugoslavia. As a result, the UN’s authorities have diversified the kind of sanctions that it can impose, as well as the targets of these sanctions, to address those concerns and increase the effectiveness of its sanctions.

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Editor’s Note: Forecasting Effects of Climate Change

An introduction to a series on climate change.

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Albin Kurti, Leader of “Self Determination” Party, on the Future of Kosovo

Albin Kurti, leader of the Vetevendosje political party and movement, shares warnings about the EU’s approach to Serbia and Russia, thoughts on civil disobedience and participatory democracy, and perspective on the future of Kosovo.

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The Billion Dollar Question: Are Counter-Terrorism Efforts Effective?

A review of counter-terrorism evaluation research raises critical questions about lack of evidence for costly programs and strategies.

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The Hidden Costs of Development Aid

Researchers find World Bank development projects to be less effective in politically important yet economically unstable countries.

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Israel and the Two-State Solution: Fantasy or Reality?

John Mearsheimer discusses America’s role in the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations.

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Closing the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity

Women are key to global agriculture, but social and economic barriers severely limit their productivity.

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Alone And Unafraid?

Reevaluating United States policy toward international maritime law to protect long-term national interests

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Reaping the Dividends of Development: UNDP in Post-Conflict Nations

UNDP's Eugenia Piza-Lopez and Jago Salmon discuss the organization's strategy in nations struggling to rebuild after conflict

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