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U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres visits Ukraine after Russian invasion
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres visits Ukraine after Russian invasion

The Reluctant Peacemaker

Criticized for inaction in Ukraine, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres wades into diplomatic hellscape with little prospect of halting Russian invasion.

A man sits near a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 19 celebrating France’s announcement that it will withdraw its troops from the country.
A man sits near a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a demonstration in Bamako, Mali, on Feb. 19 celebrating France’s announcement that it will withdraw its troops from the country.

Russia Flounders in Ukraine but Doubles Down in Mali

Russian mercenaries fill Mali vacuum as European powers pursue an exit.

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadéra addresses supporters during a rally of the United Hearts Movement political party at the Omnisport Stadium in Bangui on March 18.
Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadéra addresses supporters during a rally of the United Hearts Movement political party at the Omnisport Stadium in Bangui on March 18.

Will Russia’s Ukraine Invasion Impact the Central African Republic?

Wagner Group mercenaries have transformed the conflict, but the country is still far from a workable peace deal.

A man dressed in a blue tunic and pants gazes out over a view of the city through peaked arches atop a high building.
A man dressed in a blue tunic and pants gazes out over a view of the city through peaked arches atop a high building.

How Not to Lose the Peace in Afghanistan

A U.N. peacekeeping mission could help avert civil war.

Peacekeepers go on patrol
Peacekeepers go on patrol

In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace

Putin’s pursuit of influence, arms sales, and mercenary meddling in the Central African Republic has left Moscow mired in a quagmire.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: (AFP-OUT)  Nikki Haley raises her right hand while being sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Haley was formerly the Governor of South Carolina.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: (AFP-OUT) Nikki Haley raises her right hand while being sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Haley was formerly the Governor of South Carolina. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley Threatened to Withhold Backing for U.N.’s Congo Mission, Then Blinked

In search of savings, the Trump administration targets the U.N.’s largest and costliest peacekeeping missions for cuts.

A man grabs the barrel of the weapon from a Burundi policeman  during a scuffle with residents angered by a search operation in the of the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura on June 27, 2015. 
AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI        (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
A man grabs the barrel of the weapon from a Burundi policeman during a scuffle with residents angered by a search operation in the of the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura on June 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

African Union Set to Deploy 5,000 Peacekeepers in Burundi

With the small Central African country spiraling toward chaos, the AU may be about to make an unprecedented decision to force a peacekeeping mission.

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