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France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.
France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.

Why Macron’s European Policy Keeps Failing

The French president has good ideas—but his approach to the EU is vague, unilateral, and self-serving.

Russia's Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft, carrying people to the International Space Station, blasts off at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 17, 2017.
Russia's Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft, carrying people to the International Space Station, blasts off at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 17, 2017.

2022 Is the Year for a Space Summit

A disturbing Russian weapons test is yet more proof that new rules are needed.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

U.N.’s Guterres Has a Plan to Reboot Multilateralism

The newly reelected secretary-general wants the world to work together to battle pandemics, inequality, and climate change.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet removes her face mask before a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 9, 2020.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet removes her face mask before a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 9, 2020.

Biden Needs an International Organizations Strategy

A U.S. State Department czar should lead a campaign to stop China and Russia from gaining control of multilateral agencies.

A manned walking robot developed by robotics company Korea Future Technology in Gunpo, South Korea, on Dec. 27, 2016.
A manned walking robot developed by robotics company Korea Future Technology in Gunpo, South Korea, on Dec. 27, 2016.

The World Must Regulate Tech Before It’s Too Late

We urgently need a global ethical consensus on how far technological advances can go.

This photograph taken on Sept. 18, 2019, shows the entrance and logo of the French national cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, at ANSSI headquarters in Paris.
This photograph taken on Sept. 18, 2019, shows the entrance and logo of the French national cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, at ANSSI headquarters in Paris.

The World Needs a Cyber-WHO to Counter Viruses in Cyberspace

A global body has helped poorer nations counter COVID-19, but less technologically advanced countries need a similar institution to protect against the coming plague of cyberattacks.

The UNESCO logo is seen at the organization’s headquarters in Paris on Oct. 12, 2017.
The UNESCO logo is seen at the organization’s headquarters in Paris on Oct. 12, 2017.

Biden Should Rejoin UNESCO—but Not Without Getting Something in Return

If it comes back, the United States can push the organization to focus more on initiatives that further the country’s foreign-policy goals.

A U.S. soldier stands guard as a Russian Mil Mi-24 helicopter gunship flies over the Syrian town of Al-Malikiyah near the Turkish border on June 3.
A U.S. soldier stands guard as a Russian Mil Mi-24 helicopter gunship flies over the Syrian town of Al-Malikiyah near the Turkish border on June 3.

America’s Pullback Must Continue No Matter Who Is President

For all the talk of a new administration boldly reengaging with the world after four years of “America first,” Trump’s strategic retrenchment can only be the start.

A participant in a University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is injected
A participant in a University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial is injected

‘America First’ vs. ‘The People’s Vaccine’ 

The rise of “vaccine nationalism” threatens to leave poor countries out in the cold. 

Aerial view of Los Angeles, California, prior to the imposition of new restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Aerial view of Los Angeles, California, prior to the imposition of new restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Can Cities Fix a Post-Pandemic World Order?

The global multilateral system has failed to rise to the coronavirus challenge. It is time to let local leaders step in.

Displayed on a monitor, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.
Displayed on a monitor, U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24.

Trump’s Globalism Is a Caricature of Multilateralism

When it comes to international cooperation, the White House is repeating the mistakes of the past.

French President Jacques Chirac waits to address the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2006.
French President Jacques Chirac waits to address the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 19, 2006.

Jacques Chirac’s Lessons for the United Nations

A transcript of the former French president’s remarks at the 2003 General Assembly.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York on Sept. 26, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with his U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York on Sept. 26, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Trump’s U.N. Envoy Post Is Up for Grabs Again

Heather Nauert’s withdrawal has opened doors to a new cast of diplomatic aspirants seeking to fill Nikki Haley’s shoes.

A blanket of snow covers the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
A blanket of snow covers the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Another Trump Loyalist Joins the National Security Council

Elizabeth Erin Walsh will oversee America’s troubled relations with the United Nations.

A United Nations  peacekeeper speaks to a child while on patrol through the streets Gao, Mali on August 3, 2018.
A United Nations peacekeeper speaks to a child while on patrol through the streets Gao, Mali on August 3, 2018.

Peace Is the Best Investment

U.N. member states must renew their commitment to the vital peacekeeping operations that end wars, protect civilians, and save lives.

The U.N. Human Rights Council chambers in Geneva on March 24, 2014. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
The U.N. Human Rights Council chambers in Geneva on March 24, 2014. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (Front row, LtoR) Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny, Hungary's prime Minister Viktor Orban, President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Malta's Prime minister Joseph Muscat, France's President Francois Hollande, President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Netherland's Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and (second row, LtoR) Estonia's prime Minister Juri Ratas, Federal Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Greec's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel, Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, Latvia's Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, Croatia's prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi pose for a family photo during a special summit of EU leaders to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding Treaty of Rome, on March 25, 2017 at Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill).
Against a backdrop of crises and in the absence of the departing Britain, the leaders signed a new Rome declaration, six decades after the six founding members signed the Treaty of Rome and gave birth to the European Economic Community. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (Front row, LtoR) Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny, Hungary's prime Minister Viktor Orban, President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev, President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Malta's Prime minister Joseph Muscat, France's President Francois Hollande, President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Netherland's Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and (second row, LtoR) Estonia's prime Minister Juri Ratas, Federal Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Greec's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Czech Republic's Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Slovenia's Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel, Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, Latvia's Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis, Croatia's prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi pose for a family photo during a special summit of EU leaders to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's founding Treaty of Rome, on March 25, 2017 at Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio (Capitoline Hill). Against a backdrop of crises and in the absence of the departing Britain, the leaders signed a new Rome declaration, six decades after the six founding members signed the Treaty of Rome and gave birth to the European Economic Community. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

The West Will Have to Go It Alone, Without the United States

Rather than affirming his commitment to Western values and institutions during his recent trip to Europe, President Donald Trump did the opposite, breaking with and alienating America’s closest democratic allies.

NEW YORK - MAY 12:  The United Nations logo on the back wall of the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen from the floor May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.  NEW YORK - MAY 12:  The view from the speakers rostrum in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.   The General Assembly Hall was remodeled in 1979 to accommodate up to 182 delegations, each of which has six seats. All seats are equipped with earphones, broadcasting simultaneously in the Assembly's six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  The United Nations headquarters, completed in 1952, is widely considered to be a landmark achievement of the International Style of architecture.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 12: The United Nations logo on the back wall of the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen from the floor May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. NEW YORK - MAY 12: The view from the speakers rostrum in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The General Assembly Hall was remodeled in 1979 to accommodate up to 182 delegations, each of which has six seats. All seats are equipped with earphones, broadcasting simultaneously in the Assembly's six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The United Nations headquarters, completed in 1952, is widely considered to be a landmark achievement of the International Style of architecture. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Has President Trump Learned to Love the United Nations?

Donald Trump came into office decrying the U.N. and NATO, two organizations he now can't seem to live with out.

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) is accompanied by Elizabeth Buensuceso, the Philippine permanent representative for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), during a meting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on April 20, 2017.
Pence is currently on a tour of South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia that is aimed at smoothing some of the rougher edges of Trump's rhetoric. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAST IRHAM        (Photo credit should read MAST IRHAM/AFP/Getty Images)
US Vice President Mike Pence (L) is accompanied by Elizabeth Buensuceso, the Philippine permanent representative for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), during a meting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on April 20, 2017. Pence is currently on a tour of South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia that is aimed at smoothing some of the rougher edges of Trump's rhetoric. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAST IRHAM (Photo credit should read MAST IRHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Succeed in Southeast Asia

The president needs to learn of the benefits and necessity of multilateralism.

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