Originally published in Just Security.
A lot of [the] time now, the U.N.’s role has been reduced to geopolitical ambulance-chasing.
Al-Qaeda does not currently have the ability to perpetrate large-scale attacks in western countries, nor the intention.
What the west classifies as a pariah nation [i.e. Russia] does not necessarily hold sway in the rest of the world.
Climate change isn’t going to make someone pick up a weapon, fire and kill. The relationship between conflict and climate stresses like drought is not that simple.
If the situation in Ukraine escalates to the type of major-power war that opens up the space for fundamental, multilateral reform, that’s great but we’ll all be dead.
There is a real premium [for the G7 leaders] on conveying unity and a credible response because this war [in Ukraine] is not going to be short-lived.
This week on Hold Your Fire! Richard Atwood talks to Crisis Group’s UN Director Richard Gowan about the state of the UN as world leaders meet for General Assembly week, and also catches up with Europe and Central Asia Program Director Olga Oliker about the latest from Ukraine and violence on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.
In this Twitter Space from 15 September 2022, Richard Gowan, Crisis Group’s UN Director, joins Ashish Pradhan, our Senior Analyst for UN Advocacy and Research for a live discussion on the ten security challenges facing the United Nations that the General Assembly must seek to address.
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At a 4 August event in New York on implementation of the UN secretary-general’s report “Our Common Agenda”, Crisis Group’s Richard Gowan spoke about proposals for a “New Agenda for Peace” to guide the UN system’s work on peace and security.
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In a 28 July hearing before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Crisis Group’s Future of Conflict Program Director Robert Blecher spoke about climate change and conflict.
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In this Twitter Space, Crisis Group colleagues have a conversation about the G7 summit and how two priority issues – climate change and the war in Ukraine – were handled during the meeting.