Articles on Richard Gowan

After Afghanistan (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 01 September 2009

The Afghan experience will leave Europe?s armed forces drained and in search of a new purpose. Insufficient political will and empty state coffers will hamper rejuvenation

The EU should do more to support UN peacekeeping in Africa (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 27 May 2009

The EU should cooperate more with the UN in peacekeeping missions if it wants to show its ?effective multilateralism? is backed up by muscle.

Europe retreats (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 09 February 2009

Europe's military is beating the retreat just as the world's emerging powers are expanding their presence ? an early sign perhaps of a new international order.

Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 08 January 2009

Last year's Congo crisis brought home the EU's limitations as a global power. Will it accept them or try to overcome them? Richard Gowan discusses.

Exiting Africa? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 24 November 2008

The Congo crisis demonstrated the UN's limitations, but its longest-lasting effect may be to mark the end of European military interventions in Africa.

The EU faces bigger challenges in Africa than in Ireland (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 19 June 2008

The "crisis" created by Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is pretty tame - the EU faces far greater dangers in East Africa. But Lisbon could help solve them.

The EU still needs UN peacekeepers (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 21 May 2008

The EU should pay attention to who is appointed as the next chief of the UN's peacekeeping department.

The EU and Iraq: starting to find a strategy? (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 26 January 2008

The EU is increasingly detached from efforts to stabilise Iraq. But EU governments cannot afford to ignore the situation there, and should use the year ahead to identify strategies to assist Iraq alongside the next US administration.

A month for hard power (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 28 November 2007

There?s a real risk that, in the weeks between now and Christmas, the EU will face violence in either Kosovo, where 15,000 European troops underwrite security, or Lebanon where 8,000 Europeans have made up the backbone of the UN peace force.