Syrian Conflict
Blog / International Security

Major Conflicts in 2015: A Year in Review

Syrian and Iraqi Refugees – via Wikimedia Commons

By Vanessa Thevathasan

With curtains closed on 2015, it’s time to look back at a year defined by political instability, violence and mass displacement of the likes not seen since the Second World War.

Old, familiar conflicts continued apace last year in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, …

Blue helmets from Benin attend a funeral in honour of 2 Senegalese peacekeepers killed in Kidal, Mali last year. Photo Source: Mission de l'ONU au Mali - UN Mission in Mali via Flickr Creative Commons
Blog / International Development

Peacekeeping in the United Nations: An Unequal Burden?

Contingent of Nepalese Peacekeepers arrive in Juba, South Sudan. Photo source: United Nations Photo via Flickr Creative Commons

The argument can be made that the United Nations is poorly equipped to deal with the complexities of social and political issues in the 21st century. Often fatal combinations of arduous bureaucracy and the Security Council veto have …