Articles on Richard Gowan

China’s incomplete investments in the UN (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 09 February 2016

Is China ready to play a bigger role at the United Nations?

Russia in Syria: Counterattacking at the UN (Commentary)

Richard Gowan & Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 13 October 2015

European leaders need to find a way to put President Putin back on the diplomatic defensive and the UN may be the best place for them to act.

Welcome to New York! (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 25 September 2015

It's not easy being a European in the Big Apple ahead of UN General Assembly

UN Peace Operations and European Security: New Strategic Dynamics (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 25 February 2015

Europe faces a worsening security situation on many fronts and needs tools – new and old – to stabilize its neighbourhood.

African Security – a bright spot for Sino-European cooperation (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 03 November 2014

China’s increasing investments on the continent have made it increasingly sensitive to African security issues.

Don’t pretend the U.N. can save Syria (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 13 September 2013

It is time to set Lakhdar Brahimi free. After a year's service as envoy for the United Nations and Arab League to Syria, the veteran Algerian mediator faces the final breakdown of his efforts to end the war.

EU troops can still help in Mali (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 05 February 2013

A ‘plug-and-play' approach to peacekeeping lacks the glamour of a full-scale military intervention but it could be a cheaper and a more strategic approach for the EU to deal with the situation in Mali.


Brahimi’s final acts (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 18 January 2013

Lakhdar Brahimi has been the United Nations and Arab League envoy for Syria for less than five. But while his chances of orchestrating a peace deal are now vanishingly small, he should not quit quite yet.


Multilateralism: Moscow rules? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 08 August 2012

With Russia due to play a central role in multilateral institutions over the next two years, its obstructionism over Syria does not bode well. However Europeans may find - to their benefit - that it is actually China that calls the shots on the international stage.