Sunday Headlines

Can The United Nations Prevent War?
The editorial board of Britain’s The Guardian maintains the United Nations is ill-equipped to prevent wars, in part because of the inability to reach consensus on the Security Council.

“It is worth emphasising, in addition, that the UN has become very good, although not perfect, at picking up the pieces after wars. The people of Gaza would have been in far worse straits, for instance, had it not been for the extraordinary efforts of the UN relief and works agency. The same goes for the UN refugee agency elsewhere in the Middle East. Information, forecasting and fundraising are all commendable strengths,” they write.

Would Air Strikes Against ISIS Violate International Law?
Ashley Deeks examines the case the US will need to build if it wishes to take further action against the Islamic State (ISIS) in a manner compliant with international laws.

Vice President Biden: Iraqis Must Fight ISIS
In a Washington Post op-ed, Vice President Joseph Biden insists the future security of the Iraqi people lies in their hands.

“But even if there were no ISIL, Iraq’s survival would still depend on the ability of Iraqis to set aside their differences and unite in a common effort. Iraq’s security would still depend on addressing the alienation that fuels extremist movements and convincing Iraqis that their needs can be met through the political process rather than through violence,” he writes.

Is North Korea Losing The Support Of China?
Benia Xu of the Council on Foreign Relations

The roots of China’s support for North Korea are found at the start of the Korean War (1950-1953) when Chinese troops came to the aid its northern ally, however, the relationship began to show signs of strain in 2006.

When Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon in October 2006, China opted to support a UN Security Council Resolution 1718, which imposed sanctions on Pyongyang, a move which signaled a shift in tone from diplomacy to punishment, which it sustained after Pyongyang’s second nuclear test in May 2009.

“More recently, China criticized a February 2014 UN report that detailed human rights atrocities in North Korea, raising questions as to whether it would use its Security Council veto power to block international interference on the matter. In March 2010, China refused to take a stance against North Korea, despite conclusive evidence that showed Pyongyang’s involvement in sinking a South Korean naval vessel,” he writes.

However, he adds, China has remained fairly tolerant of North Korea’s erratic behavior, which reflects the reality that it “has too much at stake to halt or withdraw its support entirely.”




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