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Welcome to my blog - I'm Charles Reed and I advise the Church of England on foreign policy issues.
This blog covers a variety of topics from US foreign policy to European politics and the Middle East - and whatever else happens to be in the news or catch my attention.
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Tag Archives: United Nations
William Hague is due to arrive in Moscow today to discuss the civilian massacres in Syria with the country’s closest Security Council ally. At the same time the UN Security Council has convened an emergency session to discuss what the … Continue reading
Today the United Nations Security Council will debate Libya. It will take stock of the situation on the ground and assess the steps that have been taken to uphold UNSCR 1973. At the same time Britain and France will continue … Continue reading
Does the interpretation of and subsequent implementation of UNSCR 1973 make further humanitarian interventions less or more likely? I know this is a hypothetical question, and I recognise we are only a few short days in to Operation Odyssey, but … Continue reading
Last night the United Nations Security Council passed a robust and far reaching Resolution in response to the situation in Libya. Whatever happens from here this is an important moment in the life of the United Nations. There is no … Continue reading
The scenes of devastation and destruction emerging from Libya have rightly provoked international condemnation. Libya’s referral to the International Criminal Court for further investigation signal a rules based international order based on universal human rights and values. That is the … Continue reading
Libya appears to be on the edge of a precipice – teetering between the imminent overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi and a slow descent into a bloody and protracted civil war. Governments around the world have been slow to recognise that … Continue reading
Even with media access to Libya seriously restricted pictures emerging from the country are shocking in the extreme. Even without the pictures the inflammatory language used by Colonel Gaddafi leaves one in no doubt that even though his grip on … Continue reading
A year after the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, negotiators will reconvene on Monday this time in Cancun, Mexico for the start of two weeks of talks on climate change. Will Cancun succeed where Copenhagen failed? What are the stumbling … Continue reading