Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier
The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.
The U.N. Knows Afghanistan Is Messed Up. But It’s Keeping Mum.
An internal United Nations report details escalating Taliban violations of human rights—and little U.N. leverage.
U.S. Weighs Waiving Taliban Travel Ban (Again)
Western engagement with the militant group appears to be on its last legs.
Michelle Bachelet’s Failed Xinjiang Trip Has Tainted Her Whole Legacy
The U.N. human rights commissioner ended up whitewashing China’s atrocities.
Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It
Ironically, geopolitical strife and energy scarcity will do more for the climate than decades of ardent policies.
Bill Gates’s Pandemic Prevention Plan Has a China-Sized Blind Spot
In his new book, the billionaire philanthropist focuses on technical solutions but ignores politics.
The Reluctant Peacemaker
Criticized for inaction in Ukraine, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres wades into diplomatic hellscape with little prospect of halting Russian invasion.
Who’s to Blame for the Global Hunger Crisis?
Moscow and Washington battle at the U.N. to assign responsibility for a looming food crisis that threatens millions with starvation.
Why the World Isn’t Really United Against Russia
Global institutions have long relegated much of the world to second-class status.
Moscow Strikes Back at Countries That Cross It
Russia seeks diplomatic payback at the United Nations and other forums against countries that have denounced its invasion of Ukraine.
Russia Flounders in Ukraine but Doubles Down in Mali
Russian mercenaries fill Mali vacuum as European powers pursue an exit.
Kicking Russia Out of the U.N. Human Rights Council Isn’t Enough
Massive reform is needed for the United Nations to retain credibility.
U.N. Kicks Russia Off Human Rights Council
In one way at least, so far, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has joined Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya.
Russia to U.N. Members: You’re With Us or Against Us
Moscow will interpret a failure to vote against its ouster from the Human Rights Council as a show of support for the U.S.
The Little Iran Nuclear Deal That Couldn’t
A revived nuclear pact could benefit Washington and Tehran but is proving a hard sell.
Putin’s War Is an Existential Crisis for the United Nations
It needs to be replaced by an organization where one nation cannot escape accountability because it is in a special class.
The West Is With Ukraine. The Rest, Not So Much.
Africa and Asia’s long-standing ties to Russia and resentments against Washington keep them on the fence—for now.
Bringing the Russian president to trial will be a challenge. But war crimes lawyers are raring to go.
WFP Women Fault Food Agency’s Boys’ Club
Hundreds of employees at the World Food Program protest the dominant role of men in responding to world’s humanitarian emergencies.
U.N. to Keep Beasley at WFP as Food Crises Roil the World
The head of the United Nations’ top food agency will get a job extension now that Russia’s invasion has put food security at risk for millions.