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Senegalese soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, on July 24, 2019, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with U.N. markings injured several troops and civilians in an attack on an international peacekeeping base in Mali.

Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali

The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.

The General Assembly Hall of the United Nations

The U.N. Protest Gag Order Lives On

One staffer has accused the United Nations Development Program of muzzling efforts to protest racism.

A man holds his child inside a malnutrition ward supported by the World Food Programme at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 10.

A U.N. Agency Lauded for Its Work Faces a Funding Shortage

The World Food Program will need more than a Nobel Prize to feed the millions who are newly food-insecure.

Filippo Grandi, the commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at an IDP camp

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The U.N.’s diversity problem, why Americans are giving up on democracy, and Germany’s successful—yet broken—integration experiment.

Top U.N. officials visit a refugee settlement in Kenya

The U.N. Has a Diversity Problem

Westerners are overrepresented in senior positions across the world body.

A handout picture provided by the Iranian Army's official website on Sept. 11 shows an Iranian Simorgh drone carrying a weapon during a military exercise in near the Strait of Hormuz.

A Partial Ban on Autonomous Weapons Would Make Everyone Safer

Great powers stand to lose the most from weapons like drone swarms and should back a limited ban on the most dangerous systems.

Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement set up in the border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh on April 25, 2018.

The World Needs a New Refugee Convention

For 30 years, right-wing parties and nativist leaders have whittled away refugees’ rights. In the wake of a global pandemic, seeking asylum will be nearly impossible unless the international community revises and modernizes its approach to people fleeing war.

Then-Director, Joint Staff, US Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., briefs the press on the strikes against Syria, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on April 14. 2018.

Syria Is Still Trying to Use Chemical Weapons

And not just against civilians at home—but potentially against regional rivals.

Riot police march through Hong Kong during an anti-government demonstration on Sept. 6.

How to Stop the Export of Authoritarianism

China is slowly killing the global human rights regime. Defending it requires Washington’s full engagement.

U.S. President Donald Trump exits Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Oct. 1.

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Trump is a pariah for top security experts, Biden won’t end U.S. trade wars, and Saudi Arabia’s bid to rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Young Saudis walk next to a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Riyadh Season Boulevard in the Saudi capital on Jan. 31.

Saudi Arabia Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Rejoin the U.N. Human Rights Council

A state that tortures and executes children has no place in an international body that aims to protect human rights.

Art for the Global Goals campaign at Liu Bolin Studio in Beijing on Aug. 28, 2015.

The World’s Sustainable Development Goals Aren’t Sustainable

There are big problems with the most important metric used to assess progress toward the U.N.'s environmental goals.

Refugees displaced from Afrin line up to receive bread from the Syrian Red Crescent in Ahras, Syria, on March 25, 2018.

Syria’s Forgotten Displaced Aren’t Equipped to Fight the Pandemic

The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.

United Nations peacekeepers in the Middle East circa 1955.

Document of the Week: The Mighty U.N. Fighting Force That Never Was

After World War II, the United States envisioned the creation of a big-power fighting force to keep world peace. But the ambitious plan foundered amid bickering between Washington and Moscow.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the Commission on Unalienable Rights at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on July 16.

Pompeo’s Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights

The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission’s inaugural report are distorting its contents.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 24, 2019.

What the U.N. Is Good For… or Could Be

The best way to advance U.S. interests isn’t to chastise the United Nations—it’s to participate actively in its proceedings.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Much Maligned But Still Necessary: the U.N. at 75

The postwar institution designed to maintain global peace has fallen short of many goals, but on the whole succeeded.

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