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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

Our Top Weekend Reads

Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s journey from the Jim Crow South, why global celebrities are taking on Modi, and what the United States shouldn’t do about Myanmar’s coup.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield answers questions during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Jan. 27.

Gumbo Diplomacy Comes to Turtle Bay

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is set to take center stage at the United Nations.

A U.N. police officer stands at an empty entrance at the United Nations Sept. 22, 2020.

India’s Seat at the Table

The country has long been denied a permanent place on the U.N. Security Council, but it has itself to blame.

A MINUSCA soldier

Only Central Africans Can Save the Central African Republic

The international community can help rebuild the army and institutions, but its presence cannot be permanent.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden's pick to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Biden’s U.N. Pick Assembles Team of Foreign-Policy Veterans

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is staffing her New York and Washington offices with a range of career and political foreign-policy hands with extensive experience in U.N. affairs. 

A Syrian child carries food through a muddy camp

No Bread, No Peace

National security experts need to put food back on the table as a core issue.

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.

China's President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump review the Chinese honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017.

How Trump’s Assault on International Organizations Benefits Beijing

The United States was already fighting with China for influence at global organizations, but the pandemic made everything worse.

A vehicle of the U.N. Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara drives on the Moroccan side of the border crossing between Morocco and Mauritania in Guerguerat, Western Sahara on Nov. 25.

The East Timor Model Offers a Way out for Western Sahara and Morocco

Western Sahara’s fate lies in the hands of the U.N. Security Council.

Smoke spews from the stacks of a nickel plant in Monchegorsk, Russia

Document of the Week: Aid Donors Blast UNDP for Resisting Appeals to Fight Corruption

A dozen wealthy donor states press the United Nations Development Program to investigate allegations that funds were misappropriated from a Russia climate program it managed.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Biden Likely to Lift Sanctions on ICC Chief Prosecutor

But it’s unlikely the next U.S. administration will be able to fully embrace the International Criminal Court as the shadow of American prosecutions still lingers.

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