Tagged: United Nations

BU professor tells Congress

International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, a former U.N. peacekeeper in Lebanon and author of “Hezbollah: A Short History,” testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on  Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs about assessing the strength of Hezbollah.  In his testimony, Norton made clear that Hezbollah remains a major influence in Lebanon because […]

North v. South Korea tensions mount

With military and political tensions increasing daily on the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Clinton says America will stand by South Korea as it seeks UN action to redress North Korea’s apparent sinking of South Korean warship.  International relations Professor Thomas Berger, a specialist on government and political culture in East Asia, says today’s situation […]

UN “Rio + 20” preparations under way

Preparations have begun at the United Nations for the global sustainable development summit to be held in Brazil in 2012, with the “Rio + 20” summit to mark the 20th anniversary of the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro which was held 20 years after the 1972 environmental conference in Stockholm.  International relations Professors Adil Najam, director of […]

A new UN climate chief

The United Nations secretary-general soon will name a new UN climate chief on the heels of the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen negotiations.  International Relations Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and lead author of the UN’s climate change panel that shared the 2007 Nobel Prize, […]

Pushing for nuke test ban

The Obama administration is pushing Congress to ratify the 1996 U.N. nuclear test-ban treaty and increase appropriations to monitor America’s aging stockpile without testing.  Philip O’Neill, author of “Verification in an Age of Insecurity” who teaches national security law at the BU School of Law, says extra monitoring is good but addresses only part of the […]

Israel says no to Gaza inquiry

Israel has dismissed the UN fact-finding mission’s recommendation that the Israeli government launch an independent investigation into “serious violations” of international law during last year’s war in Gaza.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former ABC News Middle East correspondent and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says the UN report authored by South African jurist […]