The passage of a United Nations Security Council resolution to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile is a major victory for U.S. diplomacy. It came about by implementing some of the major lessons of the post-Cold War decades -- the importance of force to back up diplomacy and a willingness to use force outside the UN context. Now President Barack Obama must use these lessons in the endgame. But he must also apply a third lesson: keeping the world’s attention on the much more important, and harder, task of ending the civil war.
President Barack Obama is shaping his decision whether to attack Syria with the help of a small, loyal cadre of advisers who almost to a person share a reluctance to engage Bashar al-Assad’s regime militarily.
France plans to hold its first trial resulting from the Rwandan genocide as the 20th anniversary of the attempt to eliminate the country’s ethnic Tutsi population approaches, the lawyer who will prosecute the case said.
M23 rebels withdrew from the frontlines in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after days of assault by Congo’s army backed by United Nations peacekeepers, rebel deputy spokesman Lawrence Kingston said.
A Democratic Republic of Congo lawmaker condemned to three years in prison for criticizing the government’s role in the fighting in the east will ask President Joseph Kabila for clemency, his lawyer said.
A United Nations court set up to prosecute suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide will start on May 16 examining evidence against two of the tribunal’s most- wanted men, said Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama.
A Tanzanian lawyer who defended a Rwandan genocide suspect was shot dead and documents were stolen from his vehicle in an attack in which two other people died, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda said.