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Actress Deborah Mailman speaks during the UN Global Goals Flag Raising Ceremony on September 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

It’s Called the Sustainable Development Goals Index for a Reason

In defense of our metric for measuring the world’s economic and environmental progress.

Senegalese soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, on July 24, 2019, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with U.N. markings injured several troops and civilians in an attack on an international peacekeeping base in Mali.

Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali

The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.

Workers move iron bars with a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Ethiopia’s Power Play on the Nile Has Left the Region in a Deadlock

As long as the Renaissance Dam remains an instrument in Ethiopia’s bid to control the Blue Nile, negotiations are doomed.

A person walks past the Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, where one Chinese researcher is taking refuge from U.S. indictments, on July 23.

As Decoupling Grows, the West Risks Losing Insight Into China

A collapsing relationship could create a lost generation of experts.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 16.

Pompeo’s Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights

The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission’s inaugural report are distorting its contents.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs after speaking to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council in New York on Aug. 20.

Trump Can’t Have His Cake and Eat It Too on Iran Sanctions

Washington has no right to impose snapback sanctions on Tehran because it is no longer a participant in the Iran nuclear deal.

Young fighters sit on a blanket in downtown Bambari after over 350 of Central African Republic's child soldiers were released by armed groups honoring a deal signed with UNICEF, on May 14, 2015.

The United Nations Isn’t Jeopardizing Children in Conflict Zones. It’s Protecting Them.

Shaming violators alone won’t stop the use of child soldiers and other human rights abuses. Defending children’s rights requires engagement with governments and armed groups.

Former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

The Pandemic and the Limits of Realism

The foundational international relations theory has been revealed to be far less realistic than it claims.

Supporters hold a giant Catalan flag

Spain’s King Isn’t an Obstacle to Dialogue. Catalonia’s Separatists Are.

Repeated attempts by Catalan secessionists to break away are increasing polarization and preventing reconciliation.

(From left) Nobel Laureates in Economic Sciences Michael Kremer, Esther Duflo, and Abhijit Banerjee attend a press conference at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The Nobel Winners in Economics Are On the Right Track

Randomized controlled trials aren't perfect, but a new generation of development economists is building on the work of the Nobel laureates and pushing the field in ambitious new directions.

Rioters run in the streets of Tehran in August 1953.

Don’t Just Blame Washington for the 1953 Iran Coup

Declassified evidence shows that Iranians, including clerics, played a significant role in the events of Aug. 19, 1953—and that after an earlier failed coup attempt, the CIA was left in the dark.

Pro-Spain protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia  in Barcelona on Oct. 3, 2018.

Spain Isn’t Imposing Excessive Punishment on Catalonia’s Leaders. It’s Enforcing the Law.

The Spanish Supreme Court isn’t trying to make an example of Catalan secessionist leaders by handing down tough sentences. It is merely upholding the country’s constitution.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi in Tehran during a visit to the exhibition area at the ICT Ministry on Jan. 21.

Iran’s Information Minister Is Not the Solution. He’s Part of the Problem.

Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has been a key player in the Iranian government’s campaign of repression and censorship.

Brazilian soccer team fan, Giovanna Selena, from Brazil, flies her countries flag as she enjoys Copacabana beach while waiting for the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 11, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Don’t Scapegoat Brazil Over the Environment

International threats to forcibly protect the Amazon betray ignorance about the subtle art of diplomacy.

A man looks out to sea from the coastline of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on July 21.

African Students in Northern Cyprus Aren’t Breaking. They Are Organizing.

Those who arrived to study in an unrecognized territory are finding they are their own best advocates.

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