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28 Oct 2010 description

Praful Bidwai

Syndicated column

October 2010

There's widespread disappointment over India's choice of negotiators for the recent dialogue over Kashmir, which looks more like an effort to pretend - in advance of Obama's visit to the country - that the government is "doing something" about the situation.

When the Cabinet Committee on Security adopted "a new political initiative" on Jammu and Kashmir on September 25, lofty expectations were raised that high-level interlocutors would be appointed to begin a dialogue with the state's political …

29 Sep 2009 description

Mariano Aguirre

The resignation of the UN commander in chief in Congo this year is indicative of the rising number of problematic UN peacekeeping missions. For peacemaking in complex environments to have a chance of succeeding, members of the UN Security Council will need to transcend their own national security and economic interests.

Last February 2009, the Spanish general Vicente Díaz de Villegas presented his resignation to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).