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Afghanistan Moves Parliamentary Elections to September, UN Welcomes Delay

Afghanistan’s electoral body announced yesterday that parliamentary elections originally scheduled for May 22 will be delayed until September.

Afghanistan’s electoral body announced yesterday that parliamentary elections originally scheduled for May 22 will be delayed until September. The announcement was welcomed by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), whose head Kai Eide said the delay “provides time to make improvements to the electoral process based on lessons learned during the presidential and Provincial Council elections in 2009.”

Small Wars Journal on Military Response to Haiti

At Small Wars Journal, Gary Anderson offers some advice to military personnel trying to provide humanitarian assistance in Haiti.

At Small Wars Journal, Gary Anderson offers some advice to military personnel trying to provide humanitarian assistance in Haiti. It’s a great article – plain spoken and based on personal experience. His recommendations run from getting permission to fly non Department of Defense personnel in military airplanes to not starting air drops.
Two points really stood out for me:

Afghanistan : UN Dispatch Goes to the London Conference

Check back regularly as the London conference gets underway and I bring you updates from the people and events discussing, debating and shaping the way forward in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is at a critical juncture. That sentence has become cliché, but it is no less true for being so.

How the United States and the United Nations Are Cooperating in Haiti

UN Dispatch obtains the "Memorandum of Understanding" between the United States and the United Nations regarding Haiti relief efforts.

Earlier today, the United States formally entered into an agreement with the United Nations on a division of responsibilities in Haiti.  The "Memorandum of Understanding," obtained by UN Dispatch, enumerates the tole of a U.S.

Congressional American Engagement Caucus Formed

Russ Carnahan, a Democrat and Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Republican launched the "American Engagement Caucus" at an event on Capital Hill this morning.

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Dominican Peacekeepers in Haiti

Reports indicate that Haiti's government has refused a battalion of UN peacekeepers from the Dominican Republic. UPDATE: Haiti may have indeed accepted the peacekeepers.

New PSA for Rapid Disaster Relief

Two new public service announcements for the United Nations recovery and relief efforts in Haiti.

Two new public service announcements for the United Nations recovery and relief efforts in Haiti.  Via, the UN Foundation:

Not Ban's Katrina

At the new Turtle Bay, Colum Lynch writes the provocatively titled "Ban Ki-moon's Katrina?" inviting the comparison between the response in New Orleans to that in Haiti.

Like Mark I'm excited that seasoned reporter Colum Lynch now has more room to stretch his legs on UN issues, but I hope that his reporting in this morning's "Ban Ki-moon's Katrina?" is off the mark.
Lynch writes:

New Blog on the Block

Foreign Policy rolls out its newest addition: a UN affairs blog written by longtime Washington Post reporter Colum Lynch.

Foreign Policy expanded its suite of blogs by one.

The Global News That's Not About Haiti

Haiti has rightly been our focus the past week. But here are four important global stories you may have missed.

Four more stories you ought to be following:

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