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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.

People walk in front of Ethiopian flags marking the new Ethiopian Millennium on Sept. 10, 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s Government and the TPLF Leadership Are Not Morally Equivalent

The leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front are seeking to manipulate the international community into backing a power-sharing deal that grants it impunity for past crimes and gives it far more future influence over the country than it deserves.

Heavily armed Ethiopian soldiers deployed in Somalia as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission patrol in Beledweyne, Somalia, on December 14, 2019. (Photo by Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. Fears Ethiopia Purging Ethnic Tigrayan Officers From Its Peacekeeping Missions

An internal United Nations document shows concern those troops could face torture or execution.

Members of the Cameroonian Gendarmerie patrol in the Omar Bongo Square of Cameroon's majority Anglophone Southwest province capital Buea on Oct. 3, 2018.

Cameroon’s Government Is Deceiving the West While Diverting Foreign Aid

Paul Biya’s regime is ignoring the battle against Boko Haram and the Islamic State and using foreign counterterrorism assistance to fund its brutal repression of citizens with legitimate grievances.

United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen puts on his face mask

U.N. Peacemaking in the Age of Plague

United Nations diplomats and civil servants fear peace efforts in Geneva may aid the spread of the coronavirus.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media in Delaware.

And the Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Are…

Biden’s final picks could ultimately hinge on two runoff Senate races in Georgia, which will determine who controls the upper chamber.

Saks Fifth Avenue boarded up its Manhattan storefront in anticipation of possible post-election violence in New York on Nov. 1.

The U.N. Guide to Avoiding America’s Election Mayhem

For the first time, the United Nations is warning staffers of how to deal with disturbances after a U.S. election.

Protesters hold up their fists up in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to protest against police brutality and racial injustice on June 14.

Why Inclusion Is Important for U.S. Foreign Policy

If Washington chooses to reengage with the world, it will need to first champion diversity and gender equality.

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

Our Top Weekend Reads

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.

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