Auteur: Wessel

“Wat zich in Jemen voltrekt is rampzalig” – Patrick Cammaert

Dit verhaal is onderdeel van het project ‘75 jaar VN in 75 verhalen’:  www.75jaarvn.vrijheid.nl Patrick Cammaert (1950), generaal-majoor der Mariniers buiten dienst, was betrokken bij VN-missies in onder andere Cambodja, Congo, Ethiopië, Eritrea en Bosnië-Herzegovina. In Jemen leidde hij eind 2018 de VN-missie die het staakt-het-vuren moest vormgeven. “Er hoeft maar één qat-kauwende jongen door te slaan of de vlam slaat in de pan” In Jemen. Foto: Patrick Cammaert Cammaert start zijn missie in Hodeida, een havenstad in Jemen die in handen is van de Houthi-rebellen. “Om de regeringsdelegatie vanuit de stad Aden daarheen te krijgen, moest deze door...

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The UN since 1989 through the eyes of a staff member

Henk-Jan Brinkman Introduction 1989 was a momentous year. The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 signified the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new world order. The implications of these unfolding events for the UN were hard to predict at that point, but it was clear that they were inaugurating a new era. I had just started working for the UN in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in August and we focused on the socio-economic ramifications, including by identifying “peace dividends,” which we thought would be the result of the end...

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Dutch Ambassador Marjolijn van Deelen on nuclear arms control and the upcoming NPT Review Conference

Door: Editorial board VN ForumDossier: ‘Are Arms controlling us, or can we take back control?‘Gasthoofdredacteur: Hugo Klijn In May of this year, 190 countries were supposed to convene at the UN headquarters in New York for a Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or NPT. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, this important conference has already been rescheduled twice and is now expected to take place in August 2021 at the latest. Important issues are to be discussed, such as nuclear states’ commitments to disarmament, risk reduction and Iran’s nuclear programme. The Netherlands has been...

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How To Structure Europe’s Ailing Conventional Arms Control Instruments?

Auteur: Hugo KlijnDossier: ‘Are Arms controlling us, or can we take back control?‘Gasthoofdredacteur: Hugo Klijn When it comes to arms control people will mostly think of sweeping agreements between superpowers on nuclear weapons. Indeed, these treaties have been the most spectacular products of arms control because they often involved dramatic summitry between world leaders while the subject of negotiations concerned utterly devastating weapon systems. Many people will still remember the images of presidents Reagan and Gorbachev meeting in Reykjavik in 1986 or, the following year, in Washington during the signing ceremony of the INF accord that banned the entire...

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Nieuw in VN Forum: ‘VN 75 jaar, verhalen en vergezichten’

Ivette VisscherRedactie VN Forum 75 bewogen jarenIn het jubileumdossier lees je een mix van getuigenissen en analyses, waarbij we een lijn trekken tussen de VN van toen, nu en straks. Allereerst blikken we terug op 75 bewogen jaren. Dr. Erwin Dekker bijt het spits af met een stuk over Jan Tinbergen. Deze razend knappe econoom én socialist van eigen bodem stond aan de wieg van het ontstaan van de VN. Daarna volgt onder meer een mooi geschiedenisoverzicht door Henk-Jan Brinkman (UN Peacebuilding Support Office). Hier zie je de ‘ups’ zoals de bemiddelende rol van de VN in de Koude...

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