- By Colum Lynch
Colum Lynch is Foreign Policy's award-winning U.N.-based senior diplomatic reporter. Lynch previously wrote Foreign Policy's Turtle Bay blog, for which he was awarded the 2011 National Magazine Award for best reporting in digital media. He is also a recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Silver Prize for his coverage of the United Nations.
Before moving to Foreign Policy, Lynch reported on diplomacy and national security for the Washington Post for more than a decade. As the Washington Post's United Nations reporter, Lynch had been involved in the paper's diplomatic coverage of crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, and Somalia, as well as the nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea. He also played a key part in the Post's diplomatic reporting on the Iraq war, the International Criminal Court, the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Lynch's enterprise reporting has explored the underside of international diplomacy. His investigations have uncovered a U.S. spying operation in Iraq, Dick Cheney's former company's financial links to Saddam Hussein, and documented numerous sexual misconduct and corruption scandals.
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Born in Los Angeles, California, Lynch received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in 1987. He previously worked for the Boston Globe.
Update: The U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing military force in Libya passed on Thursday evening, as expected. Ten countries voted in favor, while five countries (Russia, Germany, China, India, Brazil) abstained. According to a report by the BBC, British forces could begin making air raids as soon as Friday.
The U.N. Security Council was poised on Thursday evening to pass a U.N. resolution authorizing U.S., European, and Arab states to impose a no-fly zone over Libya and to use force to prevent Muammar al-Qaddafi‘s forces from capturing the rebel stronghold of Bengazhi and attacking civilians. It remained unclear whether the resolution will set the stage for immediate military intervention in Libya, but if passed, it would provide wide authority to Western and Arab powers to confront Qaddafi’s forces.
The resolution demands the "immediate establishment of a cease-fire and a complete end to violence and all attacks, and abuses, of civilians." It authorizes member states — after they have provided notification to the U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki moon and the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa — "to take all necessary measures…to protect civilians and civilian populated areas, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory."
Council diplomats said that the measures were expected to be pass by a vote of 10 to 0 in the 15-nation council, with five council members — Brazil, India, China, Germany and Russia — expected to abstain. Here is a copy of the entire draft text.
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