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UN Resolution no.1973 authorising the humanitarian intervention in Libya could rightly be considered as one of the Security Council’s most important decisions to date. It came at a crucial moment in the multilateral organisation’s history, when the UN’s very existence was threatened by US unilateralism, as advocated by a cohort of American IR experts led… » read more

Should European fighter aircraft be bombing and strafing tanks and killing soldiers across the EU’s southern borders? Is there a better way, a way to peace? Can Europe’s greatest success be applied across North Africa? The greatest event in recent European history — perhaps in all of European history over the last recorded two thousand… » read more

Ganz Europa in Afrika?

Die Büchse der Pandora der Libyen-Krise ist geöffnet worden. Es wird jetzt unwiderruflich ein verwirrender und schmerzhafter Prozess sein, egal ob die Krise mit dem Sturz Gaddafis oder der Teilung Libyens endet.

Since the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union is the only global actor which has enshrined in its constitution the obligation of member countries to abide by United Nations norms and resolutions, affirming in no uncertain terms the Union’s commitment to multilateralism.

The European Union has hardly covered itself with glory over the Libyan crisis, but as events unfold we may be witnessing a far more effective performance than seemed likely just two weeks ago. One thing has become clear though: hopes of creating a serious EU defence capability for the future have taken a serious knock.

As the attention of the international public opinion over the last month has been focused on the developments in Libya, the Gulf kingdoms have been busy repressing pro-democracy protests, from Manama to Sanaa. Headed by Saudi Arabia, who provides the military force or the money, Persian Gulf rulers are hoping to avoid the long overdue… » read more

Air strikes in Libya began in the wake of the UNSC resolution. In my opinion, the Security Council’s “Responsibility to protect” principle (R2P) could be applied if Gaddafi used weapons of mass destruction – such as mustard gas (almost ten tonnes in his possession), bioweapons, “yellow-cake” uranium, Scud-B missiles, or if he (with the help… » read more

Japón sufre con dignidad su tragedia mientras los mercados especulan miserablemente con su reconstrucción. El país del Sol Naciente ha sufrido la mayor tragedia de su historia desde el lanzamiento sobre Hiroshima y Nagasaki de las bombas mundiales en 1945.

The hopes for Europe speaking and acting with one voice in the world that had been nourished with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the installation of the European External Action Service have taken a serious battering over the UNSEC vote on a no-fly zone over Libya March 17th.

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