05/25/2012 14:45:09 PM
"We agreed that both, when it comes to economic development and when it comes to peace and security issues, empowering women to have a seat at the table and get more engaged and more involved in these processes can be extraordinarily fruitful.
05/25/2012 11:42:43 AM
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations resumed a markup of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, setting their priorities for spending on Foreign Affairs for the 2013 fiscal year.
05/21/2012 16:23:28 PM
Today's Washington Post featured a story about an organizational letter that Citizens for Global Solutions, along with nearly two dozen other groups, sent to President Obama that urged him to attend the Rio+20 Earth Summit this June.
The letter read in part,"Your presence at this Summit would signal its critical importance to all Americans, demonstrate our countrys deep concern over urgent global issues that will inevitably affect our security and well-being, and highlight our nations determ [..]
05/17/2012 15:47:20 PM
It was not unexpected, but the news was still dispiriting and depressing. Yesterday, the United Nation's Secretary General's top lawyer effectively put the brakes on a resolution which would have, among other things, urged the five permanent members of the Security Council (known as the P-5) to refrain from using their veto power to prevent U.N. action in situations where genocide or mass atrocities are threatening civilian lives.read more
05/17/2012 13:37:04 PM
It all started with a bar of soap in a Pennsylvania hotel room.
05/14/2012 15:50:59 PM
Today, ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced he would seek new charges against Bosco Ntaganda of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
05/11/2012 11:05:01 AM
It was a bad and sad day for Indiana on Tuesday.
05/10/2012 16:18:39 PM
Yesterday, the Republican-led Subcommittee of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations proposed a draft budget for spending on foreign aid, including funding of the United Nations, the State Department, and various peacekeeping operations around the world.
05/10/2012 14:16:22 PM
This Sunday, we honor the women in our lives that gave us life and shaped us into the people we are today.
05/09/2012 16:35:50 PM
Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana lost his Republican primary yesterday to Tea Party backed conservative Richard Mourdock, after more than 35 years in the Senate. His defeat is not just a defeat for Lugar and his supporters, but a defeat for American national security and indeed the entire world. In the words of fellow Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Senator John Kerry, It will soon almost sound cliché to say that America is safer today because of Dick Lugars 36 years of service in [..]
05/04/2012 15:20:02 PM
Last week I attended a lecture on child soldiers in Africa at Georgetown University. The speaker was Ms. Veronica Eragu Bichetero, a lawyer for the Courts of Judicature of Uganda. Bichetero is also a Senior Fellow with the United States Institute of Peace and studies the role of women in peacekeeping in Africa, specifically the Great Lakes region. She spoke about the factors that led to the use of children in armed conflict and how things have changed. Men used to fight the wars, while women pla [..]
05/03/2012 10:33:15 AM
Early this morning, Sudan has endorsed the African Union's "peace road map" to avoid an all-out war with South Sudan. This came after South Sudan had endorsed the AU's plan themselves. The AU's plan includes seven specific steps, including a deadline of this Tuesday to restart negotiations and a three-month grace period after that to agree upon a more concrete solution.
Just yesterday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution that would take "appropriate measures," i [..]
05/02/2012 16:00:51 PM
Today, the Brookings Institution held a panel discussion on what role women play in conflict and disaster situations. Nearly three months ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was quoted saying "when we think about peacemaking, which is, after all, one of the critical tasks of any of us in international security, [...] there are not enough women at the table, not enough women's voices being heard." The struggle to include women in peace negotiations still stands.
The panel unanimously agreed t [..]
04/30/2012 13:47:42 PM
There are staggering human rights violations happening right now. You won't find it in breaking news headlines or discussion boards because this is a routine kind of human rights violation. Every day there are girls who are kidnapped and forced against their will
04/27/2012 16:23:50 PM
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir addressed a party rally in Khartoum last week, vowing to never compromise with the poisonous insects of South Sudan, using frightening rhetoric reminiscent of the Rwanda genocide.
04/26/2012 08:49:42 AM
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the last trial of a major figure for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor was convicted of aiding rebels in the Revolutionary United Front in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for blood diamonds, but was found innocent of having direct control over forces.
It is a landmark victory, as it is the first conviction of a former national leader for grave crimes since Karl Doenitz, who briefl [..]
04/25/2012 14:42:25 PM
This week the United States and the European Union have lifted certain sanctions on Burma.
04/23/2012 15:28:55 PM
President Obama spoke this morning at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. to observe a Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and announce the launch of a new Atrocities Prevention Board. Obama was introduced by author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. Both speakers gave moving testimony on the horrors of the Holocaust and how we can achieve the promise to "never again" allow such atrocities to occur.
Obama spoke to the need to more formally intervene t [..]
04/23/2012 14:58:08 PM
Today, Citizens for Global Solutions issued a press release, congratulating the Obama administration for rolling out the Atrocity Prevention Board today at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. CEO Don Kraus noted, "This address was the most substantive speech I have ever heard a President give on genocide prevention."
Click here to read the release in full.
04/23/2012 11:11:05 AM
President Obama released a statement over the weekend to the citizens of Sudan and South Sudan. South Sudan, nearing its one-year anniversary of independence from Sudan in June, has been disputing borders and control of important oil-rich regions with Sudan for several months. In recent weeks, disputes have turned increasingly violent.
President Obama's message was clear, that "conflict is not inevitable," and there is still time to lay down weapons and come back to the negotiating table. He cal [..]
04/20/2012 16:26:11 PM
When Iran is discussed in conversation, it's typically associated with two phrases: military action or nuclear proliferation. While obviously these are important issues to discuss, especially in light of the current nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers, there seems to be another issue which is continually overlooked. According to the 2010 United Nation Report on Iranian human rights, written by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Iranian government is guilty of, "excess [..]
04/19/2012 14:53:21 PM
Genocide is one of the most difficult issues for peace activists to address. Many people who are ardent pacifists will make an exception to their anti-war stance if genocide is occurring. Whether we are trying to prevent or stop genocide, intervention is necessary. But what kind of intervention: diplomatic, economic, military, educational? Should the intervention emerge from within a country's
04/17/2012 11:04:03 AM
Last week, I attended an event at the Brookings Institution, "Europe's Eastern Frontiers: A Conversation with Javier Solana." The former NATO Secretary-General and EU foreign policy chief discoursed on the European Union's relationship with its neighbors to the East, and also touched on a few other topics of significance in international affairs today.read more
04/12/2012 08:49:43 AM
Citizens for Global Solutions sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling on her to demand the Bahraini government release human rights activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and 13 other political prisoners.
Al-Khawaja has been on a hunger strike for over two months, protesting his unjust imprisonment. In recent days, the Danish goverment's request to transfer Al-Khawaja to Denmark for treatment was denied by Bahraini officials. Al-Khawaja has dual Danish and Barhraini citizenship.
The l [..]
04/11/2012 16:18:44 PM
The Libyan government has appealed an order by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to hand over Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, son of late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, for trial. Libya insists it can provide a fair trial for Gaddafi, who was indicted by the ICC.
The problem is, the United Nations already referred the situation in Libya to the ICC last spring. The Court then issued arrest warrants for Saif, his father, and Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi for crimes against [..]
04/11/2012 15:50:45 PM
What began as a day of potential peace for the Syrian people quickly turned into continual despair. Both the Syrian government and anti-government demonstrators agreed to a peace plan, drafted by international envoy Kofi Annan and endorsed by the United Nations, which called for a ceasefire by tomorrow. In order for this plan to be effective, the Syrian government initially agreed to begin withdrawing its troops from Syrian cities, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad demanded written guarantees [..]
04/09/2012 15:09:18 PM
Citizens for Global Solutions, along with fourteen other organizations, signed onto a letter to President Obama asking him to urge the Bahraini government to free imprisoned democracy and human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. The letter, which was written by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) can be read here.
04/05/2012 15:19:36 PM
During the Indiana Genocide Prevent Summit
04/05/2012 15:19:08 PM
Citizens for Global Solutions organized the first ever Indiana Genocide Prevention Summit, held on Saturday, March 31, in Indianapolis. The summit brought organizations, students, teachers, genocide survivors, activists, and concerned citizens from across the state.
Indiana is seemingly far away from the killing fields of Syria, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is even farther away in time from the mass graves of Rwanda, Bosnia, or Auschwitz. At the Indiana Genocide Prevention Sum [..]
04/02/2012 16:59:21 PM
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was elected to parliament yesterday in a landmark moment for the nation ruled by a military junta until just a few years ago. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Suu Kyi has been a long-time pro-democracy activist in Myanmar, spending several years under house arrest for her efforts against the military dictators. Suu Kyi lauded her electoral victory as a triumph of the people of Myanmar.
Although Suu Kyis party will only comprise a small minority in the 6 [..]
03/30/2012 16:18:40 PM
This morning I attended an event at the Brookings Institution, "The Contribution of The Hague's International Courts: Dispute Settlement in Complex Conflicts." It featured the heads of the various international courts and tribunals located in The Hague, including International Criminal Court (ICC) President Sang-Hyun Song.
03/30/2012 16:12:08 PM
This Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on U.S. policy on Iran.
03/23/2012 10:00:33 AM
Guest Post by Nicole Helmers, University of Indianapolis, freshman majoring in Psychology and Occupational Therapy.
While all my wild friends were getting spray-on tans and neon bikinis for Panama City Beach for Spring Break 2012, myself and a couple of my classmates from the University of Indianapolis met up with other students from other Indiana Universities and headed to Washington, D.C. in dress pants and heels.read more
03/23/2012 09:53:17 AM
Remembering the Citizens for Global Solutions 2011 Annual Conference and how exciting it was, I just knew I had to gather some like minded people, from Nashville, TN, to experience this year's 2012 conference.
About 10 of us traveled 10 hours from the great state of Tennessee to attend the conference in Washington, D.C. and even though the road trip was adventurous, the conference had it beat hands down. From exciting lobby training and visits; to the "official" White House briefings with the Ob [..]
03/22/2012 16:21:28 PM
I came across an interesting piece by Carter Eskew this week in the Washington Post. The post, "Compromises for Romney?"
03/22/2012 08:55:28 AM
Last Friday, activists organized in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C. to protest the regime of Omar Al-Bashir. After crossing too far onto Embassy property several of the protestors, including George Clooney, Martin Luther King Junior III, and Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Al Green (D-TX), John Olver (D-MA), and Jim Moran (D-VA) were arrested. The arrests helped the protest gain international and national media attention.
Omar Al-Bashir is currently wanted by the International Crimin [..]
03/19/2012 16:06:11 PM
Last week Citizens for Global Solutions held its Annual Conference, which included a day of lobbying senators and representatives and a visit to the White House. Lobby day was filled with discussions of global problems, how to lobby your representative in government, and the role and the importance of social media in grassroots movements.
The most important message I got out of the Annual Conference is that no matter who you are, you have a voice. You can use that voice to talk to your governmen [..]
03/19/2012 15:33:00 PM
Abdullah el-Senussi, former Libyan intelligence chief and brother-in-law of Muammar Gaddafi, was arrested this weekend in Mauritania.
03/14/2012 12:37:41 PM
In a landmark moment for international justice, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever verdict today, convicting Thomas Lubanga of the Democratic Republic of the Congo of abducting and conscripting child soldiers. In honor of this judgment, members of the Washington Working Group on the ICC (WICC), a group of the Washington-based NGOs committed to the cause of international criminal justice, sent a letter to Congress celebrating the verdict.read more
03/14/2012 04:51:35 AM
March 14, 2012 marks an extraordinary moment in world history. This morning, the International Criminal Court (ICC) completed its very first trial, convicting Thomas Lubanga Dyilo of forcing children to serve as soldiers in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than 74 million viewers have watched Invisible Children's Kony 2012 video, calling for the arrest and ICC trial of Joseph Kony. But few are aware that Lubanga, a man as despicable as Kony, has laid the groundwork for [..]
03/13/2012 13:23:13 PM
South Sudan and Sudan continue to fight for territory. The regime's target is now the people in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan. More than a 100,000 residents have fled to the south after violence erupted in the contested region of Abyei. The Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has denied international relief for the people, and government military forces continue to move south, encouraged by the lack of response from around the world.read more
03/08/2012 16:22:11 PM
Today is International Women's Day! Although this day has been celebrated on different dates throughout history, it still marks a time to remember how far we have come and how far we still have to go. In the past 101 years of celebrating International Women's Day, amazing progress for gender equality has taken place. Since the first International Women's day, women have been granted the right to vote in most countries, they have served as Heads of State, they have made critical contributions to [..]
03/08/2012 11:10:20 AM
Until yesterday, the name Joseph Kony wasn't on the radar of most Americans. But thanks to a video campaign from the non-profit organization Invisible Children that went viral yesterday, more Americans know about Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda who has is wanted by the International Criminal Court of conscripting child soldiers. But just as quickly as the video spread across Twitter and Facebook, so has the controversy.
Last night, I had the opportunity to attend an even [..]
03/08/2012 10:32:03 AM
Citizens for Global Solutions CEO Don Kraus was quoted today in a story by Inter-Press Service on the U.S. being one of 7 countries that have still not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women treaty. Kraus noted CEDAW provides
"a blueprint for increasing gender equality and reinforces our role as a global leader in standing up for the rights of women and girls. In countries that have ratified CEDAW, women have partnered with their governments to engage in a n [..]
03/02/2012 13:56:29 PM
The United States and North Korea announced a breakthrough agreement earlier this week, with North Korea agreeing to suspend nuclear weapons testing and halt the enrichment of uranium in return for more than 200,000 metric tons of food aid. This food aid is crucial to the famine-stricken nation that has been subject to heavy sanctions, mostly due to its unbending commitment to a nuclear program.
The announcement is the first true sign of how North Korea's young, new leader Kim Jong-un, who took [..]
03/01/2012 14:09:34 PM
The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced yesterday that it will release a verdict in the trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo on March 14th. This will mark an important milestone for the Court: its first verdict and completed trial since its creation.
Lubanga is accused by the Court of conscripting child soldiers in battle in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He is alleged to be the founder of Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC) and the Forces patriotiques pour la libération du Congo (F [..]
03/01/2012 10:06:01 AM
On Tuesday I attended the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "National Security & Foreign Policy Priorities in the FY 2013 International Affairs Budget," which featured Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as the key witness. While the foreign assistance portion of the U.S. budget is around 1%, this area of funding has been slightly reduced. In her testimony, Clinton identified the State Department's top five priorities for the coming year within the State Department's proposed budget [..]
02/22/2012 15:46:17 PM
On February 13, Syria's Representative to the United Nations, Bashar Ja'afari, spoke at the U.N. General Assembly to emphasize the irrationality of international engagement with protestors in Syria. "We in Syria would not imagine sending soldiers to defend Occupy Wall Street protesters," argued Ja'afari. But can the analogy by Ja'afari be justified?read more
02/22/2012 13:00:08 PM
Last Friday I attended a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Egyptian crackdown on non-governmental organizations. In December, the Egyptian government raided the offices of several NGOs within the country and is now prosecuting representatives from these organizations. The government claims that the organizations were not registered to be in the country and that they were receiving aid from non-Egyptian organizations. Four presidents from American NGOs affected by the raids testif [..]
02/17/2012 15:36:11 PM
My task for the Syria Valentine project was to figure out how to get in touch with "the Syrian Revolution." Needless to say I was a little intimidated. Locating and connecting with activists, conveying the project's sentiments, and finding a way to get our words of support to people on the ground was challenging. A week and a half ago, I never would have dreamed we would be able to make such a human connection purely though the internet, social media and email. But just since Amanda's blog was [..]
02/17/2012 15:00:40 PM
The Arab Spring has captured international attention for more than a year now, conjuring images of protests in Tunis, Cairo or Homs. Particularly the ongoing plight of the Syrian people has stirred emotions, leading human rights advocates to call for international action to intervene and protect civilians being attacked for protesting. But many people seem to have forgotten another group of people who also took to the streets and public squares to demand greater democracy and freedom - the peopl [..]
02/17/2012 13:50:55 PM
Good news: the U.N. has taken some action on Syria-even if it's largely symbolic.
The U.N. General Assembly voted yesterday by an overwhelming margin to approve a resolution, drafted by Saudi Arabia and introduced by Egypt, which condemns violence by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and calls on Syria to end human rights violations and attacks on civilians. The vote tally was 138 countries in favor of the resolution, 12 against, and 17 abstentions.
"Today, the U.N. General Assembly sent [..]
02/16/2012 12:12:04 PM
Last week, staff gathered around a table in our office and discussed the sad accounts of Syrian activists feeling disillusioned and abandoned after Russia and China vetoed a UN Resolution aimed at stopping the conflict.
We knew we had to do something for the Syrian activists, but what?
The international community was moving at a snails pace, so our political advocacy options were unclear. But we did know one thing even if mostly symbolic, it was important to let the Syrian people standing u [..]
02/13/2012 15:10:48 PM
Tomorrow may be Valentine's Day, but for those of us who care about international affairs funding (or federal funding of any kind, for that matter), today was a day which has long been almost as breathlessly anticipated: the release of the President's annual budget request for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2013. (I know, not as delightful as Valentine's Day, but still important.)
President Obama stressed that his overall budget aims to balance many different priorities, such as spurring job growth w [..]
02/13/2012 15:09:58 PM
Despite President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline plan, Senate Republicans want to add an amendment to the transportation bill that would mandate construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote is expected to take place Tuesday.read more
02/09/2012 09:46:40 AM
Egyptians just celebrated the one-year anniversary of their revolution last January, but you wouldn't know it from the actions of their military. Indeed, the Egyptian military is operating business as usual, using repressive tactics to maintain an autocratic grip on power. The military has been accused by Egyptian revolutionaries of cracking down on subsequent protests, particularly last fall, when the military violently suppressed demonstrations resulting in at least 100 deaths and wounding tho [..]
02/07/2012 10:15:03 AM
This weekend, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was in Germany speaking at an event supporting women in international security. Secretary Clinton remarked "that when we think about peacemaking, which is, after all, one of the critical tasks of any of us in international security, that something is missing. And that is women. There are not enough women at the table, not enough women's voices being heard". Women are underrepresented in peacekeeping forces and in international peace negotiatio [..]
02/06/2012 13:14:51 PM
The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on Iran entitled Ahmadinejads Tour of Tyrants and Iran's Agenda in the Western Hemisphere last Thursday. The consensus of the committee was that Irans presence in Latin America is too close for comfort. The Tour of Tyrants, which spanned Venezuela, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Cuba, raised questions as to what intentions Iran has for Latin America. Ahmadinejad continues to attempt to reach out to these counties, even recently releasing [..]
02/03/2012 14:58:50 PM
Last night I attended a great event titled In Search of Accountability: Justice after Nuremberg. The panel discussion, organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, focused on international justice and the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Michael Abramowitz, director of the Committee on Conscience at the museum, guided the discussion so that the three panelists would focus on the questions most significant to global justice: Are the mechanisms established in th [..]
07/05/2011 11:00:58 AM
On June 28, 2011, the Brookings Institution held a panel discussion regarding the new age of social media and its roles in engaging American and global citizens in government. This is more than a relevant topic; this blog itself serves as an example
07/01/2011 13:56:35 PM
I recently attended an event sponsored by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), which focused on Bahrain, a country that has received significantly less attention than others involved in the Arab Spring. Those in this small country of just ov
07/01/2011 10:07:47 AM
Republican candidates are often typified by their hawkish stances on foreign policy. In the past, GOPers followed their general stereotype, often pushing for the continued placement of troops and the protection of military spending. However, in th
07/01/2011 09:28:58 AM
The 22nd Secretary of Defense, Robert M. Gates, left his post after four and a half years of service under Presidents Bush and Obama. Gates received the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by the President of the United States
06/30/2011 13:19:19 PM
I recently attended a hearing in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the situation in Libya and the War Powers Resolution. The hearings main witness was Harold Koh, Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, who said that Presiden
06/29/2011 16:23:17 PM
In their op-ed in todays Financial Times, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright and former Foreign Minister of Jordan Marwan Musher urged the United Nations Security Council to refer Syrias president, Bashar al-Assad to the Inte
06/29/2011 11:00:02 AM
The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars hosted an event yesterday on the rising star in multilateral organizations; BRICS. The conference included experts from all member states: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and its newest member, South
06/28/2011 16:18:44 PM
One day after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the courts prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo showed whole-hearted optimism that the incited war criminal and his regime will be ousted
06/28/2011 14:16:02 PM
In issuing an arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi, the International Criminal Court has demonstrated yet again that tyrants and human rights abusers around the world -- even if they are heads of state -- will not enjoy immunity from international law,
06/28/2011 09:59:22 AM
Blog written by Alena Gerlek (Posted by Laura Yeo)
When my friend Lara invited me to work with her at Bonnaroo, I said yes before I even asked Doing what? After I got over my initial excitement and asked her to describe the work we'd be do
06/27/2011 17:14:02 PM
It was not unexpected, but nonetheless, today marks another milestone on the road toward international justice. For only the second time in the history of the International Criminal Court, the ICC has issued an arrest warrant for a sitting head
06/27/2011 15:16:35 PM
On Friday, June 24, I attended the event Liberia: Through the Eyes of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africas First Elected Female Head of State at the United States Institute of Peace. President Johnson Sirleafs visit comes just three mo
06/27/2011 12:32:50 PM
Last week Tunisia became the 116th party to the Rome Statute and the first North African country to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). Since Mohammed Bouazizi lit himself on fire and sparked a revolution that spread throughout the Arab worl
06/24/2011 16:00:38 PM
Today the United Nations (UN) International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced all six defendants in the Butare Trial for crimes related to genocide. Three of the six are sentenced to life imprisonment, including Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the
06/24/2011 15:57:49 PM
The House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) held a hearing yesterday on future U.S. relations with Iran and Syria. While the witnesses and representatives in attendance were very critical of Iran, their talking points on Syria remained strategic. Syri
06/24/2011 13:41:07 PM
A guest blog post by Ayzit Doydum:
How do you sum up four amazing days of camping, concerts and spreading global consciousness? Bonnaroo!
The Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) team had a very fun and successful time promoting global awareness
06/23/2011 16:49:31 PM
Earlier today, Citizens for Global Solutions delivered a petition containing 29,000 signatures to the White House calling for the Obama Administration to "work through the United Nations to continue protecting the people of Libya from atrocities
06/23/2011 10:51:05 AM
A guest blog post by Jessica Ziegler:
This past weekend I attended the Nashville PRIDE Festival for the first time since moving to this city over three years ago. Despite the heavy rain and gloomy weather, the festival was an uplifting experienc
06/22/2011 11:07:36 AM
Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously reelected Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to a second term. The Secretary General certainly deserved reelection, but the election process itself was appalling. I talked about this on the BBC ra
06/22/2011 08:59:30 AM
A guest blog post by Courtney Vick:
I've grown up hearing about Bonnaroo. I'm from Tennessee and for the past ten years, whenever summer rolls around, the word that begins with a B and ends with a roo is on everyone's tongue.
Back in May, a few
06/20/2011 15:59:33 PM
Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the UN, and Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, both made remarks recently highlighting the importance of the UN and noting the progress that the institution has made.
06/20/2011 15:57:07 PM
Global citizens are commemorating World Refugee Day throughout the world today by participating in cultural events and reflecting on the experiences of those who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict. For example, 19 year old Sahar fro
06/20/2011 15:52:28 PM
It's been a bad month in Sudan, with much discouraging news emerging from the country just weeks before it is scheduled to split into two separate states. However, today U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice announced that the northern and south
06/20/2011 15:37:40 PM
Last week I spoke to members of the United Nations Association (UNA-USA) who were preparing to lobby their members of Congress. I was asked to give a 30,000 foot overview of the political climate on the Hill regarding the UN, an update on the U
06/20/2011 14:52:31 PM
On Thursday afternoon the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights held a hearing regarding Africa's newest nation: The Republic of Southern Sudan. While being led to a "spill-over room" at the Rayburn b
06/20/2011 14:41:54 PM
I recently attended an event at the Brookings Institute, which focused on the implications that the recent military intervention in Libya has had on the concept of the responsibility to protect (R2P). R2P, which was unanimously endorsed by UN member
06/17/2011 12:28:20 PM
Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) banner, alongside a United Nations (UN) flag and photos of UN peacekeepers adorned the CGS booth in Planet Roo at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Representatives from different organizations canvassed
06/16/2011 16:33:25 PM
A guest blog post by Megan Wanee:
At music and art festivals you can strike up a conversation with virtually anyone. From a grassroots perspective, such an environment is perfect for discussing global issues because people are open to new ideas.
06/10/2011 15:24:39 PM
I recently read the Better World Campaign's poll regarding the American public's opinions of U.S./UN relations. The results that Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research found showed that:
"Eighty-five percent (85%) of voters say it is
06/10/2011 11:20:56 AM
Sarah Margon, Associate Director for Sustainable Security, and John Norris, Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress, recently published an article explaining why it is imperative
06/09/2011 11:13:13 AM
On Tuesday, June 7th Enough's field researcher Ledio Cakaj spoke at a briefing on the current status of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Mr. Cakaj believes that the LRA only has about 300-400 soldiers. This number however, is deceiving because the a
06/09/2011 09:44:40 AM
On Monday of this week I attended a Brookings Institution's event featuring remarks by Alain Jupp?, French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, on the Arab Spring. His address shed light on the fact that this revolt was long overdue in the Arab
06/07/2011 13:24:23 PM
Cross-posted from Global Memo.
Ban Ki-Moon formally announced his bid for a second term this morning. The Secretary General told a gathering of congratulatory reporters at the United Nations that he had sent letters to members of the Security Council
06/07/2011 09:13:00 AM
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is receiving medical treatment in Saudi Arabia for an apparent wound he received during an attack on the compound he was residing in. Salehs departure to Saudi Arabia raises an important question about Yemens
06/06/2011 16:38:45 PM
John Danforth, a former U.S. Ambassador to the UN (2004-05), and a Republican U.S. senator from Missouri (1976-94) just published an excellent article in USA Today laying out why it is in the United States' interest to stay engaged in the UN.
06/03/2011 09:44:52 AM
Citizens for Global Solutions will be at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, from June 9th to 12th. This is our first ever appearance at Bonnaroo and we are greatly anticipating four days of fun and learning with great peo
06/03/2011 09:28:53 AM
The European Union recently circulated a draft of a U.N. Security Council resolution which condemns Syria for its bloody crackdown on peaceful protesters. Such a resolution is a necessary initial warning to the Syrian government that the internationa
05/26/2011 16:05:26 PM
Today is a great day for international justice. Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general charged with ordering the infamous genocide at Srebrenica, has been arrested in Serbia after sixteen years as a fugitive and will be extradited to the U.N. w
05/26/2011 15:20:21 PM
This coming Sunday, May 29th, is the "International Day of UN Peacekeepers." The day presents an opportunity to reflect on the noble work of previous and current UN Peacekeepers and allows us to remember those peacekeepers who gave their lives trying
05/23/2011 16:25:36 PM
The world's eyes, most recently focused on such hot spots as Libya and Cote D'Ivoire, turned back to Sudan this weekend as forces from the northern part of the country captured a key town in the disputed Abyei region on May 21st. The United Nat
05/23/2011 15:02:07 PM
Since last year, international observers have anticipated Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation as IMF chief this summer. Polls in his native France showed him easily defeating Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 French presidential contest and DSK (as he was