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Family members mourn assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

In Lebanon, the Wheels of Justice Do Not Grind

The Hariri tribunal hasn’t led to a single arrest. Biden should let it expire and help Lebanon in better ways.

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 man carries a girl on his shoulder as she holds a flag of the Syrian opposition during a protest in the village of Atme in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on March 15.

‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

The conflict’s impact on the world’s ability to prevent atrocities will be felt for years to come.

WHO Director-General Tedros at a press conference

It’s Time for Biden to Ratchet Up the Pressure on the WHO

Washington and its allies have several levers for reforms.

Then-European Parliament Vice President Isabelle Durant

Why Aren’t There More Women Economists at the United Nations?

Female economists are rising to the top—everywhere but the U.N.

U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks during a press conference.

Britain Retains Monopoly on U.N. Relief Post

U.N.’s Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, is to become the U.N. humanitarian relief czar.

An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.

How Wars End

The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to the media at the United Nations headquarters in New York on July 28, 2015.

The U.N.’s Moment in Venezuela Has Arrived

Nicolás Maduro has given the international community the opening it’s been waiting for.

The headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is located in The Hague on April 4, 2018.

Don’t Kick Russia Out of the Chemical Weapons Convention Over Navalny

Doing so would be a death sentence for global nonproliferation efforts.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wears a mask after leaving a ceremony in Geneva on June 11, 2020.

The World Should Treat Pandemics Like It Treats Chemical Weapons

Plans for a global pandemic treaty don’t solve the problem of China’s refusal to cooperate.

Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe Airport in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The End of Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar

The U.N. dials up the pressure campaign against Myanmar’s putschists.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes off his glasses and rubs his eyes.

The World Needs a Post-Pandemic Health Treaty With Teeth

WHO has no power to demand openness or independently confirm data at present.

The General Assembly Hall of the U.N.

The United States Must Pay the United Nations What It Owes

There are few better ways for the country to reclaim its credibility and moral authority.

Ethiopian soldiers at a refugee camp in Tigray.

UNDP Memo Echoes Ethiopian Talking Points on Tigray

Agency memo sidesteps questions around government’s role in Tigray.

The United Nations Human Rights Council during a debate about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Geneva on June 26, 2019.

Can Biden Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council?

The administration insists it can succeed where two U.S. presidents already tried and failed.

Pro-Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the White House in Washington, on Aug. 14, 2020.

State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China

Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Biden’s Pick for U.N. Ambassador Will Have to Juggle Containment and Collaboration With China

The administration is moving quickly to reassert U.S. leadership but needs Beijing’s support for major initiatives.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

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