September 26, 2014

US making strategic use of UN to build case

Featuring Elbridge Colby

Source: The Straits Times

Journalist Jeremy Au Yong

During his speech at the opening session of the UN General Assembly as well as when advocating for the binding resolution on foreign fighters, US President Barack Obama shifted some attention from the short-term threat posed by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) to the longer-term goals of attacking extremist ideology at its source.

And while analysts say the president largely hit the right notes in his speech, they remain sceptical about how effective the call would be across the Muslim world. 

Many similarly questioned if the Security Council resolution compelling nations to crack down on the flow of foreign fighters to terrorist groups would have the desired impact - even if the council voted unanimously to support it.

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