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‘The Worst Bloody Job in the World’

U.N. sanctions inspectors feel unsupported and unsafe.

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Sunset for U.N. Sanctions?

How the world came to depend on U.N. punitive measures and why the enforcement system is under threat—the first in an FP series.

A Spartan woman says goodbye to her son as he goes to war in an 1881 drawing by Dionisio Baixeras.

Why Can’t Women End Wars?

Even as other domains of policy diversify, peacemaking is still left almost entirely to men.

People hold candles during a rally in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 26, 2021. Around 3,000 Armenians marched in capital Yerevan on September 26, 2021, to commemorate the victims of the war with arch-foe Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region the year before.

The U.N. Must Investigate Nagorno-Karabakh War Crimes

Baku and Yerevan are not members of the International Criminal Court. That means an independent international investigation is needed to ensure accountability for atrocities.

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The Most Important U.N. Speeches This Year

FP columnists and contributors break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from the 76th U.N. General Assembly.

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China Is Choking Civil Society at the United Nations

The Chinese government is using every means at its disposal to do battle with NGOs.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Stalled North Korea Talks Show UNGA’s Limits

World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations.

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NGOs Frozen Out of U.N. Building

Civil society representatives are blocked over COVID-19 concerns, even as foreign diplomats and journalists pass freely through the headquarters.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks to press at the United Nations.

‘Minister Nyet’ Returns to His U.N. Stomping Grounds

Sergey Lavrov has honed the practice of body blocking U.S. and European diplomacy at every turn.

Taliban leaders walk toward a Moscow press conference.

The Taliban Want a Seat at the U.N.

A Taliban letter to the secretary-general sets the stage for a diplomatic showdown.

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Throw a Lifeline to the Afghans Left Behind

This week’s U.N. General Assembly provides an opportunity to assist the minorities, activists, women, and girls still in Afghanistan.

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How Not to Lose the Peace in Afghanistan

A U.N. peacekeeping mission could help avert civil war.

U.S. President Joe Biden and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20.

Inside Biden’s Presidential UNGA Debut

The U.S. president has yet to convince the world that a post-Trump America is here to stay.

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Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over U.N. General Assembly

Some world leaders traveling to New York are ignoring coronavirus safety protocols.

U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron sit together at the G-7 summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom, on June 13.

Spat With France Overshadows Biden Debut at UNGA

France recalls its envoys to Washington and Canberra over a dispute ahead of the major U.N. summit.

Then-U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden participates in a virtual fundraising event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Aug. 12, 2020.

Biden, a Lifelong U.N. Advocate, Needs the Institution More Than Ever

From COVID-19 to climate, the U.S. president will focus his first General Assembly speech on the world body’s indispensability.

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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.

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