The United Nations Security Council is meant to be the place where intractable conflicts can be resolved.As a member of an expert panel reporting to the Security Council on Libya, I saw firsthand how international politicking can make or break the resolutions that matter most — and how great powers prioritize their own ambitions over peace.
The maritime dispute between Israel and Lebanon has implications for the claims of other states and the energy industry’s perception of the region as a viable space for development. If Israel and Lebanon manage to work out their differences, others may follow suit.
Libya now has a unified national government that resulted from a peaceful transition of power and handover by the two rival governments. Two top U.N. envoys to Libya say they could have hardly imagined this development a year ago when they were serving in the United Nations.
Syrians ravaged by war are now dying from a pandemic the government has downplayed.