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U.N. peacekeepers raise the flags of their countries during a ceremony to mark the transfer of authority between the outgoing and newly appointed heads of the UNIFIL mission, Naqoura, Lebanon, Aug. 7, 2018 (Photo by Bilal Hussein).

How to Win Readers, and Influence Officials, as a Multilateral Pundit

Monday, March 4, 2019

It is time to say some goodbyes. Next week will mark the conclusion of this column, roughly 250 editions and a quarter of a million words after I launched it in January 2013. Professional obligations mean that I must move on. I will keep writing about international affairs, but I am sad to bid farewell to this weekly perch.

It has been a fruitful but frustrating time to comment on crisis management and multilateral affairs. When I kicked off “Diplomatic Fallout,” a political resolution to the Syrian civil war still seemed possible and Russia had not yet seized Crimea. I will reflect on the strategic lessons of the ensuing six years of diplomatic chaos in two WPR pieces—my final column and an in-depth article—next week. But for now, I’ll focus on style over substance. ...

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