Sometimes UN Presence can make things worse
by Phil Taylor
In 1994, Victoire Ingabire was in Holland when the negotiations and ceasefire broke down in Rwanda. She returned to Rwanda in 2010 to challenge the President electorally. Now, she lives under arrest. Ann Garrison discusses the very different rules that seem to exist in court cases pertaining to Rwanda.
Phil reminds us that the disaster in Rwanda occurred in the context of a UN intervention, and not its absence. He draws parallels between the UN presence in Rwanda and Syria. Foreign military forces operating in a trouble spot can overrun their mandate, leading to the notorious "mission creep." Can the UN buck the trend and put together a balanced corps of observers?