Document of the Week: When Ordering the Assassination of a World Leader Required Secrecy
Unlike Trump, former U.S. President Richard Nixon went to great lengths to cover up plans to assassinate or topple foreign leaders.
Document of the Week: The Birth of the Televised Presidential Debate Was a Sober Affair. Then Came Trump.
In an earlier age, the Democratic and Republican front-runners reserved their sharpest criticism for the Soviet Union and treated each other with respect.
Document of the Week: The Mighty U.N. Fighting Force That Never Was
After World War II, the United States envisioned the creation of a big-power fighting force to keep world peace. But the ambitious plan foundered amid bickering between Washington and Moscow.
Document of the Week: Pompeo Seeks Deal to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List Before U.S. Election
Bipartisan congressional support for removing Sudan from U.S. terrorism lists grows as Khartoum pledges hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to American victims.
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: Czech Pol to China: Piss Off
A local Czech politician tells China’s foreign minister not to “open your trap” again about his country’s relations with Taiwan.
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: U.S. Pushes Doomed Iran Resolution at U.N.
Trump’s Iran gambit is sweeping, punitive, and has little chance of success.
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.
Document of the Week: Pompeo Buries U.S.-China Engagement Policy
A glimpse back at the beginning. Nixon and Kissinger’s vision of friendship with China is being put to rest by Trump administration.
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.”
WHO Warns of Pandemic’s ‘Catastrophic Impact’ on Syria
But Russia blocks the reopening of a critical border crossing for humanitarian aid.
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.
U.N. Agencies Struggle to Carry On Remotely
Human Rights Council minutes show meetings are being dramatically cut back.
China Goes on Diplomatic Offensive Over Coronavirus Response
Beijing seeks to deflect criticism that its carelessness caused a global crisis.
A Grunt’s View of U.N. Leadership
An internal U.N. survey shows that the bosses think they are doing a better job than their employees do.
Why Does the White House Object to a ‘Sovereign’ Palestinian State?
The United States seeks to rewrite the history of international peace efforts in the Middle East.
U.N. Faults Iraq for Islamic State Prosecutions
Report cites “serious concerns that basic fair trial standards were not respected.”
Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown
Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.