diplomacy

  • April 25, 2018

    Calling for more diplomacy, dialogue and mediation to head off conflicts before they break out, United Nations officials has urged a gathering of world leaders to help strengthen a new approach to sustaining peace, which aims to put prevention at the heart of the UN's work.

  • April 16, 2018

    The Church of Scotland has responded to the US, UK and French decision to launch airstrikes against Syria in the wake of the chemical attack in Douma calling the action, "deeply concerning".

  • June 19, 2014

    The next UK strategic defence and security review won’t be held until 2015, but debate about whether or not Britain should retain its expensive Trident ballistic missile nuclear deterrent is already hotting up.

  • September 10, 2013

    The war in Syria is illegal. If a criminal had poisoned someone, our concern would be how to protect the public from future poisonings and how to arrest the criminal and bring him (or her) before a court of law. And civil society needs to be directly involved in the talks. Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at the LSE, says that the military action versus diplomacy standoff represents a tired form of geopolitics that misses the humanitarian dimension enshrined in international law.

  • September 1, 2013

    We should turn the crisis over into an opportunity, writes regional analyst and Ekklesia associate Dr Harry Hagopian. With Russia on a back foot and Syria clearly anxious about the Western reaction, is it not possible to coerce the Syrian regime to sit at the negotiating table for a Geneva II style of negotiations that could usher in the transitional period. Do we not owe it to the people of Syria to try it, he asks?

  • August 29, 2013

    War rhetoric in the media this week seemed to imply the impending end of Syria’s Assad regime and the spread of Syria’s civil war into a larger regional conflict, while key players carefully chose their words to try to emphasise the limits of conflict, and responses to any breach, writes Arthur Bernhoff, an international affairs analyst currently based in Beirut.

  • June 5, 2013

    With Syria engulfed in an escalating and increasingly brutal civil war, a panel of United Nations human rights experts has issued its latest report on the crisis.

  • November 30, 2012

    Digital democracy and the huge expansion of social media is transforming political action and diplomacy, says Dr Harry Hagopian, who has been expanding his own involvement in that arena, not least due to his regular podcasts on developments in the Middle East and North Africa. He looks especially at social media's impact in that region.

  • October 24, 2012

    The World Council of Churches is a global organisation whose skills and experiences can create value for the UN, says WCC General Secretary.

  • January 9, 2008

    In marking their annual visit to Rome, Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, has told the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican that peace is an integral way of life, not merely the absence of conflict.