Seeking A Global Institution With Teeth


International Institutions With Teeth Thomas Weis argues that global problem-solving instruments have been insufficient to halt the spread of advanced weaponry and other security-related problems.

“The value of a functioning Security Council was demonstrated in legitimizing and authorizing action to halt Colonel Gaddhafi’s murderous designs on Benghazi. The reverse could be said about Syria, namely, that the costs of having a malfunctioning Security Council were evident,” he says in making the case that an institution with “teeth” is needed to deal with emerging threats.

Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has published a report outlining the challenges of governance for whomever will lead Syria in the next decade.

Cordesman contends that Syria was a failed state before the war began and any “form of stalemate is going to leave a divided country that had an extremely weak structure of governance and an uncertain economy before the civil war began in late 2011.”

With no governance infrastructure, no economic foundations and the lingering effects of a deadly civil war, even with outside help, Syria is facing decades of a tough rebuilding process.

“Outside governments and aid groups need to start planning now to deal with these issues, create a capability to provide effective economic planning and aid creating more effective governance, help Syria in dealing with what may be armed partition and help both Syria and its neighbors deal with the lasting impact of its massive number of displaced persons and millions of refugees that may take years to return if ever,” Cordesman concedes.

Jihadists Journey To Syria
Laurent Borredon documents in Le Monde the journey of a group of French teenagers who left their home country for Syria so they could participate in jihad. The experience was not to their liking.

Almost immediately after arriving, the teens realized the dream did not live up to the reality.

“More mundanely, they simply missed their families. According to the teenagers, they were not harmed physically but they had to put up with constant “moralizing” rhetoric,” he writes, adding that when they did return, “they did not return as heroes, or even wayward children, but as suspected terrorists.”


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