Joe Lauria

Joe Lauria is a veteran foreign-affairs journalist based at the U.N. since 1990. He has written for the Boston Globe, the London Daily Telegraph, the Johannesburg Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers. He can be reached atjoelauria@gmail.com  and followed on Twitter at @unjoe.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Obama’s Last Stand Against War on Syria
Through five years of war in Syria, President Obama has been in a constant internal struggle with hawks in his administration who want the U.S. to directly intervene militarily to overthrow the Syrian government. On at least four occasions Obama has stood up to them, although at other times he has...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Obama’s Curious UN Farewell Address
The Barack Obama of 2008 reemerged at the United Nations on Tuesday, bookending his presidency with an uplifting address somewhat critical of American power and calling for an end to economic inequality at home and abroad. The speech revealed the president that Obama might have been – and that many...
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Thursday, August 04, 2016
The Mystery of Turkey’s Failed Coup
More than two weeks after Turkey’s dramatic failed coup, what exactly happened remains shrouded in mystery leaving only speculation that has hardened into “fact” in the absence of convincing evidence. Two main theories have emerged: The first is that this was yet another in a longline of CIA-backed...
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Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Declaring Clinton’s Premature Victory
Hillary Clinton needs to win 613 of the remaining 775 pledged delegates to clinch the Democratic Party nomination for president. That’s the math, though not what you’ve been seeing in the corporate media’s headlines. With Clinton neck-and-neck with Sen. Bernie Sanders in the opinion polls for...
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Syria: Obama’s Most Momentous Decision
With the Russian-backed Syrian army encircling Aleppo, cutting off Turkish supplies to rebels and advancing on the Islamic State’s capital of Raqqa, a panicked Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint headquarters to direct an invasion of Syria that could lead to a vast escalation of the war...
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Sunday, February 07, 2016
Risking World War III in Syria
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military...
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Obama’s Self-Deceit
There was stunned silence in the General Assembly Hall on Monday as U.S. President Barack Obama warned leaders against falling back to pre-United Nations days, in which strong nations imposed their will by force against the weak. There was apparent disbelief as he said it was Russia and China that...
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
The Saudi Royals — Unchained
Saudi Arabia’s relations with the United Nations have hit rock bottom after a series of incidents that has left a humbled Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon furious with Riyadh, two U.N. officials close to the U.N. chief have told me. The relationship matters because only the United Nations has the...
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