Document of the Week: U.S. Plan for World Health Organization Has Few Followers
After announcing its decision to withdraw from the U.N. health agency, the United States still seeks to shape the organization’s reform. It is struggling to find takers.
Document of the Week: China’s See-No-Evil PR Blitz
Beijing has produced a booklet to counter allegations that it’s curtailing the freedoms of Hong Kong residents, abusing Uighurs, and failing to come clean on its role in the spread of the coronavirus.
Document of The Week: Global Plan for Sharing Vaccines
An alliance of international health organizations are competing with the United States and other rich countries in an effort to secure vaccines for the world’s neediest.
‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’
The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold.
Malaria May Still Be 2020’s Biggest Killer
The coronavirus has shut down large-scale treatment and prevention programs around the globe, which could send malaria deaths skyrocketing this year.
Trump Stumbles in Effort to Confront China at WHO
U.S. fails to gain support for an immediate investigation into coronavirus origins and for bringing Taiwan on as observer.
China Launches Counterattack Against U.S. Effort to Restore Taiwan’s Status at WHO
Beijing insists the World Health Organization should act according to “the one-China principle.”
Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria
With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus.
WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria
But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.
WHO Becomes Battleground as Trump Chooses Pandemic Confrontation Over Cooperation
Critics say fighting the coronavirus has become secondary as U.S. seeks to hamstring the World Health Organization, turning it into a 2020 election issue along with Chinese trade.
Yemen: The Perfect Target for COVID-19
A new report says the Middle East’s poorest country is uniquely vulnerable, as it records its first case of the coronavirus.
Can the United Nations Survive the Coronavirus?
In the absence of U.S. leadership, the U.N. is struggling to carve out a role in the face of what may be the greatest threat since its founding.
Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions
With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.
U.N. Security Council Paralyzed as Contagion Rages
A major player in the Ebola outbreak, the council has turned into the site of a U.S.-China showdown over the coronavirus.
‘It’s Pretty Much Going to Be a Death Sentence’
State Department struggles to bring thousands of stranded Americans home as air travel shuts down from the global coronavirus pandemic.
Amid Pandemic, State Department Halts Incoming Classes of New Diplomats
Health concerns deal another blow to the U.S. foreign service, which is already overstretched following a 2017 hiring freeze.
How Governments Got Their Quarantine Powers
If you're locked inside, thank the British Empire for the laws that make it possible.