United Nations

State Department Defends U.N. Peacekeeping

The White House and Foggy Bottom are at odds over the value of blue helmets.

Volunteer community mobilizers (VCMs) hold flip charts used for educating parents about polio and other routine immunizations at a health center in Kano, Nigeria, on July 23.

Nigeria Just Won a Complex Victory Over Polio

The country’s vaccinators have overcome distrust, misinformation, and an insurgency to reach this point, but they can’t stop yet.

Syrians gather amidst destruction in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, in the aftermath of air strikes in the area late on June 8, 2018.

The U.N. Helps Syria Bomb the Opposition

A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest.

Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget,  speaks at the White House in Washington on March 22, 2018.

Trump’s Plan to Slash Foreign Aid Puts Humanitarian Programs in Jeopardy

Administration hopes to bypass Congress by running down the budget clock.

The State Department headquarters in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

State Department Watchdog Censures Two Trump Appointees for Harassing Career Staffers

Report says the two appointees targeted career officials they perceived as politically disloyal.

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Greed and Graft at U.N. Climate Program

Whistleblowers and experts allege corruption at a United Nations Development Program project for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Russia, according to a Foreign Policy investigation.

International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (R) speaks with a colleague during the closing statements of the trial of former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda in The Hague on Aug. 28, 2018.

Don’t Give Up on the ICC

The International Criminal Court has many flaws, but abandoning it now would give free rein to war criminals and open the door to impunity.

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Document of the Week: U.N. Calls Out Syrian Propaganda Over Hospital Attacks

Assad’s shaky case for innocence in the face of war crimes charges crumbles at the United Nations.

Rohingya refugee children take a ride on the back of a truck loaded with drinks during a monsoon rainfall at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on July 23, 2019.

Myanmar Wants to Track Rohingya, Not Help Them

The U.N. is wrong to support national ID cards that could backfire on the persecuted minority.

Document of the Week: Trump’s Mistake Reminds the World of This 47-Year-Old Pact

Read the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

Document of the Week: Trump Administration Shrinks Iran’s U.S. Footprint

With the State Department imposing new travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats, New York City influencers trek across town to see Tehran’s foreign minister.

Document of the Week: Is the U.N. Revisiting the Ban on Big Tobacco?

Outgoing U.N. official pleads a case for the tobacco industry, saying health expertise and cigarette jobs can contribute to global prosperity and improved understanding of health risks.

Kelly Knight Craft, U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations, testifies at her nomination hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on June 19.

Dems Grill Trump’s U.N. Nominee Over Ottawa Absences

Kelly Knight Craft spent about half her tenure as ambassador outside Canada, data shows. She says much of it was work travel.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City on Sept. 26, 2013.

A Dangerous Game of Nuclear Brinkmanship

By threatening to breach the nuclear deal, Tehran hopes to scare Europe into prodding the United States back to the negotiating table. It may not work.

Document of the Week: Facebook Disappoints Authorities—Again

The doctored Nancy Pelosi video hardly marks the first time the social media giant has faced backlash. Consider Germany in 2015.

Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march calling on the European Union to do more on China's crackdown against Uighurs, in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

Xinjiang Visit by U.N. Counterterrorism Official Provokes Outcry

Rights activists say upcoming trip by U.N. diplomat could reinforce Beijing’s line that Uighur activists are terrorists.

Document of The Week: Sudan’s Paramilitaries Are Seizing Abandoned U.N. Outposts in Darfur

The United Nations halts withdrawal of peacekeepers amid fear that Sudan’s notorious Rapid Support Forces are filling the security vacuum.

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