International Organizations

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for the United States to Grade the U.N. and Other International Organizations

An American assessment regimen would propel international organizations to better serve their own missions — and to incorporate U.S. interests.

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NATO Frantically Tries to Trump-Proof President’s First Visit

A ‘freaked-out’ NATO braces for Donald Trump’s first meeting of the transatlantic alliance.

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The U.N. Uncovers Dozens of Mass Graves in Central Congo

Turmoil and violence threaten Joseph Kabila’s grip on power.

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Saving the World, One Meaningless Buzzword at a Time

How corporations, activists, and politicians turned the language of human rights into meaningless babble.

Members of Burundi's National Assembly raise their arm to vote on October 12, 2016 in Bujumbura, for the withdrawal of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from the capital, after the UN began an enquiry into human rights abuses in the turbulent nation.
The draft law was passed with 94 votes in favour, two against and 14 abstentions. It will next go to the Senate -- also dominated by the ruling party -- before being approved by President Pierre Nkurunziza. In April, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she was conducting a "preliminary examination" of the situation in Burundi -- the first step towards a full investigation and possible prosecutions -- looking into allegations including murder, torture, rape and forced disappearances. / AFP / ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA        (Photo credit should read ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the International Criminal Court Crumbling Before Our Eyes?

With three African countries giving notice that they intend to abandon the ICC, a coordinated exodus might soon be coming.

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Inside the Syrian Dust Bowl

The Assad family’s favorite international development organization tried to turn Syria into an agricultural powerhouse. Its failure sparked a civil war.

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The Hunt for the Last Chilean Sea Bass Poachers

They were the few ships left of what was once one of the most lucrative illegal fishing operations in history. An inside look at the high seas chases that may have brought them down for good.

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4 Trillion Reasons China’s Currency Isn’t Ready for Prime Time

China isn’t ready to supply the rest of the world with RMB. So why does it matter if the currency gets the IMF's stamp of approval?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the World Health Organization (WHO) general assembly on May 18, 2015 in Geneva.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ebola Review, Part II

Germany's Angela Merkel is leading the G-7 charge to seriously reform the World Health Organization. But will her campaign actually lead to lasting change?

Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare and President of the assembly, Jagat Prakash Nadda lights a candle in memory of the deceased health workers at the World Health Organization (WHO) assembly on May 18, 2015 in Geneva.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ebola Review, Part I

The G-7 is gathering to tackle the world’s biggest problems. It’s starting with Ebola -- and what the World Health Organization did wrong.

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Should International Groups Be Monitoring Sudan’s Elections?

You can’t assess an election’s integrity without choosing to monitor it, but the decision to do so can be seen as conferring undue legitimacy on an unfair vote.

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How to Avoid Getting Hauled Before The Hague

Yes, Palestine just became a member of the International Criminal Court. But Israel can still avoid global humiliation -- by subjecting itself to genuine self-scrutiny.

Asian Bank Agreement Signed By Nations; Snubbed By Others

The AIIB Is a Threat to Global Economic Governance

The era of a U.S.-dominated global economic order is ending. But a fragmented governance system isn't the best replacement.

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Governments Embrace Death Sentences in Fight Against Terrorism

A new report by rights group Amnesty International documents how some governments have stepped up the use of executions as part of their counterterrorism efforts.

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