The Complexities of Remembering: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

PARIS- 20 years ago this spring Rwanda experienced the fastest and most efficient genocide in history. In addition to the indescribable human and emotional cost, it took a tremendous toll on the country’s economy. Rwanda has made great strides since 1994 and has restored its economy to pre-genocide levels. It is the only country in […]

France Urges UN to help in Central African Republic

On Friday December 27, during talks with Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-Moon, French President François Hollande expressed his wish that the United Nations would play a more important role in the transition period in the Central African Republic. Hollande also thanked the leader for the reinforcement of African forces organized by the UN. The UN […]

French Military to Take Action in the Central African Republic

The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday, authorizing France to take action in the Central African Republic (Centrafrique), a former French colony. The peacekeeping operation is only the organization’s 16 since its creation in 1945. Following the ousting of President Bozizé in March of this year, an unprecedented humanitarian crisis involving 4.6 […]

St. Petersburg Summit Sees G-20 Split over Syria

Discord and disunity were the orders of the day in St. Petersburg, as the 2013 G-20 summit came and went, with Syria sharply dividing the economic group’s members. French President François Hollande insisted afterwards that the meeting had been a productive one. But Hollande’s optimism could not conceal the summit’s icy environment—particularly between the United […]

France Calls for Action in Syria after Reports of Devastating Chemical Attack

With reports from Syria of a devastating chemical attack making headlines around the world, the French government has sent Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the sternest warnings yet. Now, the question is if those warnings will translate into military action. If Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius’ recent statements represent the general mood of President François Hollande’s administration, […]

Strasbourg World Forum: Debates on the Status and Definition of Democracy

Strasbourg, France was host to the Council of Europe’s first World Forum for Democracy, held for five consecutive days in early October.  The Council of Europe, not to be confused with the European Council, exclusively fights for human rights and freedoms around the world.  The Forum brought together 47 member states and most importantly, many […]