Richard Gowan

Richard Gowan is an associate director at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, and a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Articles written by Richard Gowan

Diplomatic Fallout

Nigeria, Yemen Wars Mark New Era of Ad Hoc Crisis Management

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War is back in fashion. Across northern and western Africa and in the Middle East, governments are resorting to force to counter regional threats. This proliferation of regional military actions potentially signals a trend toward an increasing fragmentation of international crisis management. more

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Can the U.N. Deliver for Obama on Iran, Israel-Palestine Deals?

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Barack Obama’s influence on the future of U.S. foreign policy is shrinking as he nears the end of his presidency. But he might use his leverage over U.N. diplomacy to push through deals on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. If he does, the U.N. could struggle to deliver. more

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U.S. to Europe: Don’t Go Soft on American-Led Global Order

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The U.S. sent its European allies some stern signals about their obligations to the American-led international order last week. The criticisms revealed a deeper concern about challenges to U.S. leadership in the international system—and Europe’s commitment to sustaining American primacy. more

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At U.N., Russia Is Now the Indispensable Nation

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Commentators in the U.S. and Europe increasingly fear that Russia is set on a destructive course. Yet Western diplomats at the U.N. are often impressed by Russian maneuvers there. A recent spurt of diplomacy in particular demonstrated Moscow’s continued ability to use the U.N. to its advantage. more

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Lessons in Secret Diplomacy From the First Christmas

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The Christmas story is full of joy and wonder, but it also includes a cautionary tale about a diplomatic blunder. The three wise men give away key intelligence to King Herod, allowing him to seize the initiative and massacre innocents. Their failure offers useful lessons for the United States in 2014. more

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Bold or Not, Next U.N. Secretary-General Faces World of Pain

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Earlier this month a campaign was launched to overturn the “outdated and opaque” process for selecting the U.N. secretary-general. But with global divisions threatening the organization’s ability to improve international cooperation, it’s questionable how much impact the post can really have. more

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U.N.’s Syria Cease-Fire Plan a Risky Gamble, but Worth It

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Is the U.N. heading for another diplomatic humiliation in Syria? A proposal for a series of local cease-fires between the government and some rebel groups, beginning in Aleppo, has received some slight encouragement from the Syrian regime and a great deal of criticism from outside observers. more