From Damon Wilson, the New Atlanticist: When NATO leaders meet in Chicago this weekend, they will review the process of enlargement and the performance of candidate nations. While no invitations will be issued, the summit is an opportunity for allies to affirm that NATO will continue to…
From Yi Aijun and Lin Yu, Xinhua: For Jorge Benitez, a senior fellow in the International Security Program at the Atlantic Council think tank, terrorism and the ongoing instability and violence in the Middle East and North Africa pose the “most serious” security challenges to the…
From James Jones, the New Atlanticist: This weekend, when NATO leaders convene in Chicago, enlargement may be swept under the rug in deference to other topics of concern. That would be a blow to stability in the Balkans and to the Republic of Macedonia in particular.
The Obama administration says that Syrian President Bashar Assad has forfeited his right to lead Syria, and grisly murders in the town of Houla over the weekend reinforce that argument.
But despite mounting pressure, Assad isn’t budging. The U.S is now trying to enlist Russia to use its influence with the Syrian leader to follow the so-called Yemen model and move out of the way.
As protests mounted in Yemen last year, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and others with influence persuaded President Ali Abdullah Saleh to hand power to his vice president in exchange for immunity. It wasn’t easy, as Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough recalled Wednesday in a speech at the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha.
“The Yemen effort was painstaking and took place over the course of many, many months, with many twists and turns,” he said.
And while McDonough says every transition is different, the U.S. has been speaking with Russia about the Yemen option for Syria. Moscow has close ties with Damascus and has vetoed U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning the Assad regime.
The WHO has published a report titled the Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth.This report provides the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth. The report shows the extent to which preterm birth is on the rise in most countries, and is now the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, after pneumonia.