April 21, 2018

Justice for MH17

The world wants to hold someone accountable for the 298 people killed. But determining whom to go after — and how to hold them responsible — won’t be easy. When a catastrophic event like the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 occurs, there is an understandable demand for accountability. “We will not rest until we […]

Malaysia Airlines Ukraine Crash

As the investigation progresses into responsibility for the shooting down of MH17, I spoke with NBC about the likelihood of eventual prosecutions. As I told them, “An ICC case is not impossible, but it is unlikely for both procedural and substantive reasons.” Read the article.

Foxes Guarding a Hen House

A new U.N. report reveals that peacekeepers sent to the Central African Republic took sides in the conflict Imagine that at the start of last year a group of armed men ravaged your community, killing your family and destroying your town. And picture that once they reached the capital of your country, this group installed […]

Samantha Power in Practice

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is the rare political figure whose fame does not depend on the office she holds. A Problem From Hell, her 600-page indictment of the U.S. government as an essentially amoral bureaucracy that “functioned” to assure genocide went unchallenged, won her the Pulitzer Prize and a place as […]

South Sudan

With 200,000 southerners displaced, and the dreams of a prosperous nation fading fast, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and his former deputy, Riek Machar, are meeting in Addis Ababa for negotiations this week. What should we be looking for, and what are the possible outcomes? I discuss these questions and more on Blogging Heads TV […]

Seize this crisis to push South Sudan reform

January 9, 2014 Three years ago this week, outside a makeshift polling station in Bentiu, South Sudan, I interviewed Riek Machar, vice president of the then semi-autonomous region. Machar had just cast his vote for South Sudan’s independence; I asked him what he would say to those who doubted that South Sudan, desperately underdeveloped and […]

The ICC and Africa

The ICC’s docket points to a serious problem – but not the one that African leaders are complaining about. This weekend, officials from 34 African nations are convening in Addis Ababa to discuss whether or not to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The problem with the Hague-based court, according to African Union (AU) Chairperson Hailemariam […]

Syria

Yesterday I spoke with the BBC/NPR about why the ICC is not involved in Syria. Today, we have a P3 draft resolution including a referral to the ICC. The diplomatic pieces are moving quickly, and that’s positive news after months of stalemate. But wherever this leads, I believe it is critical to draw together and […]

Darfur Abandoned

The conflict that erupted in Sudan’s Darfur region a decade ago was at first largely ignored. Then it was the subject of intense media coverage and an unprecedented campaign of grassroots citizen activism. Then it was ignored again. The only constant? The suffering of the people of Darfur. Please join us and a panel of […]

In loving memory of Sifa Nsengimana

November 25, 2012 I just received the heartbreaking news that my beloved friend and inspiration, Sifa Nsengimana, has been killed in a car accident in South Africa. Death is hard to handle no matter the circumstances, but for this world to lose someone who had survived so much, who had managed to see the worst […]