Robert A. Blair

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Women in the town of Mweso, Congo, walk past a convoy from the U.N. peacekeeping mission on April 10. (Alexis Huguet/AFP/Getty Images)

The second Liberian civil war began 20 years ago this month. All told, the conflicts that ravaged Liberia from the beginning of the first civil war in 1989 to the end of the second in 2003 resulted in the deaths of some 250,000 men, women and children, the displacement of more than 1 million civilians and the destruction of much of the country’s infrastructure.

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) deployed in 2003 to help the country rebuild, and stayed until its mandate ended last year. By most accounts UNMIL was a success, shepherding in over a decade of peace and three consecutive democratic elections.…  Seguir leyendo »

In February, the United Nations’ counterterrorism committee took notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar off its list of designated terrorists. The move marked the culmination of a peace settlement signed in September of last year between Hekmatyar and the Afghan government. Under the terms of the deal, Hekmatyar agreed to stop fighting in return for an official pardon and relief from a U.N.-imposed travel ban, arms embargo and asset freeze.

While the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan welcomed the agreement, others lambasted it as amnesty for a war criminal, known locally as the “Butcher of Kabul.” Human Rights Watch (HRW) described the deal as “an affront to victims of grave abuses.”…  Seguir leyendo »