Outlining 2022 Priorities, Peacebuilding Commission Chair Cites Focus on Women, Youth, Support for Pandemic Recovery, Sustainable Peace in Conflict-Affected Countries

1 Feb

The Peacebuilding Commission will promote global solidarity to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on development and peacebuilding, while continuing to focus on empowering women and youth as critical partners in paving a path to sustainable peace, its newly elected Chair said today at the opening of its sixteenth session.

Secretary-General Appoints Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr of Nigeria Force Commander, United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

1 Feb

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Benjamin Olufemi Sawyerr of Nigeria as Force Commander for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Israeli Foreign and Alternate Prime Minister Lapid

1 Feb

Office of the Spokesperson

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid today.  The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the strong U.S.-Israel relationship and shared challenges, including the risks of further Russian aggression against Ukraine as well as the threats posed by Iran. Secretary Blinken reiterated the Administration’s steadfast commitment to Israel’s security.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Lapid also discussed Israeli-Palestinian issues.


DON’T FORGET: Republican Leaders Coddled Donald Trump While He Cozied Up to Russia

1 Feb

Let there be no doubt — the Republican Party can’t seem to get their message straight about Ukraine and Russia because many Republican lawmakers sat idly by and watched Donald Trump sell out our allies to appease Putin. 

While President Biden stands strong with our allies to hold Russia accountable, Republicans are at war with themselves:

Washington Post: Opinion: Trump never met a dictator he didn’t praise. Yet his fans dare to accuse Biden of appeasement.

  • “Only a blinkered partisan would describe Biden’s approach as appeasement. His approach is more accurately characterized as muscular diplomacy. Biden is actually continuing some Trump policies that made sense while avoiding his predecessor’s volatility, incoherence and praise for strongmen.”
  • “Republicans bellyache but offer few, if any, alternatives. Indeed, they can’t even get their story straight: At the same time that many Republicans are accusing Biden of being too weak on Russia, Tucker Carlson and the #MAGA grass roots are accusing him of dragging the United States into a needless war with ‘nuclear-armed Russia.’ What a surprise: The Party of Trump is too intellectually incoherent to offer a consistent foreign policy message.”

Washington Post: Opinion: Tucker Carlson’s pro-Russia rants give Republicans exactly what they deserve 

  • “Tucker Carlson has created a thorny dilemma for Republicans running in 2022 primaries: How can they cast President Biden as ‘weak’ on Russia and Ukraine when the nation’s most-watched right-wing TV commentator is enforcing a new orthodoxy suggesting that the U.S. must not defend Ukraine against Russian aggression in any way, shape or form?”
  • “The problem for Republicans under Carson’s influence is they want to keep attacking the Democratic president’s posture as ‘weak.’ But Carlson has complicated this by requiring them to oppose doing anything at all toward Russia in defense of Ukraine.”
  • “So Carlson’s pull on the GOP base is far more pernicious than merely being a new ‘isolationism.’ But regardless, in denying Republicans the space to reflexively blame the Democratic president for ‘weakness’ without saying how they would handle an intensely complex geopolitical situation, it’s giving them exactly what they deserve.”


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