When my phone buzzed at 1:11 p.m. on a Friday afternoon this past March, I knew there was a problem. I had been expecting an email from New York, not a WhatsApp message asking if I had “a minute” to talk.
For the past two years I had been what the United Nations Security Council calls an “expert on mission,” a lofty title for an often invisible position. In my case, I was a member of a five-person “panel of experts” charged with monitoring the targeted sanctions program in Yemen.
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