United Nations

Geir Pedersen, right, then the U.N. special coordinator for Lebanon, and Michael Williams, the late U.N. troubleshooter, following a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora in Beirut on Feb. 27, 2007. (Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images)

Norwegian Diplomat Tops U.N. Shortlist For Syria Envoy

Geir Pedersen could be saddled with one of diplomacy’s most thankless tasks.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, chairs a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sept. 17. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Can Nikki Haley Deliver One Last Time?

It’s not too late for Trump’s departing U.N. ambassador to cut Washington’s peacekeeping costs.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addresses a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 6, 2017. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

In Parting Shot, Nikki Haley Shuns Human Rights Groups at U.N.

She fashioned herself a human rights champion but routinely clashed with potential allies over the Human Rights Council.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announces her resignation with President Donald Trump at the White House on Oct. 9. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley’s Successor Probably Won’t Have Her Impact

The Washington power vacuum that worked in the U.N. ambassador’s favor is mostly resolved.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., in the White House on Oct. 9. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley Will Be Back

Trump’s U.N. ambassador is the only cabinet official to have emerged from the administration stronger than ever.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks to press at U.N. headquarters in New York on Jan. 2. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Nikki Haley Stuns Washington by Announcing Resignation From U.N. Post

President Trump’s United Nations ambassador dismisses speculation that she intends to challenge him in 2020.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on July 7. (Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Needs an Afghanistan Exit Strategy

Washington should hand over U.S. military and political roles to other countries, including China.

Jordanian protesters wave their national flags and Palestinian flags during a demonstration against the U.S. president's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 15, 2017, in the Jordanian capital Amman.

Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan Would Turn Jordan Upside Down

If the Trump administration seeks to strip Palestinian refugees of their status, it will destabilize one of America’s closest allies in the region.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses outside U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Trump Stealthily Seeks to Choke Off Funding to U.N. Programs

Leaked emails and behind-the-scenes battles show how the administration, after failing to slash congressional aid, used bureaucratic levers to stifle money flows.

Rainbow flags appear during event hosted by U.N. Globe, a U.N. LGBTI advocacy group, celebrating International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17 at United Nations Office in Nairobi. (Photo credit: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration to Deny Visas to Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats, U.N. Officials

The new policy will insist they be married—even if they're from countries that criminalize gay marriage.

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks at the United Against Nuclear Iran Summit in New York on Sept. 25. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

John Bolton Is Living the Dream—for Now

After being snubbed his entire career, the national security advisor’s fierce unilateralism has at last become U.S. policy. But even he can’t stop Trump from making deals.

(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

U.N. Brief: The Laugh is on Trump

China and Russia foil Pompeo’s maximum pressure campaign for North Korea.

Yemeni mourners bury the bodies of Houthis killed in a car bomb attack which targeted a Shiite Muslim mosque in Sanaa during a group funeral procession in the Yemeni capital on July 22, 2015.

America Is Not an Innocent Bystander in Yemen

Washington has left a vacuum in the Middle East, letting U.S. allies do as they please—no matter how high the body count.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference on Sept. 26 on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. (Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images photos)

U.N. Brief: Trump Says China Out to Get Him; Venezuela’s Besieged Leader Comes to Turtle Bay

The U.S. president presides over a defiant Security Council that still loves the Iran nuclear deal.

A health worker shouts slogans demanding fair and higher wages during a protest of the lack of medical supplies and poor conditions in hospitals, in front of a line of police  in Caracas on Aug. 16. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Ramps Up Pressure on Venezuela, But Maduro Keeps Hanging On

The United States has announced new sanctions on Venezuela and may threaten further action—but there’s little sign that will bring the regime down anytime soon.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25. (John Moore/Getty Images)

How to Fix the U.N.—and Why We Should

Don’t let major powers such as the United States undermine the liberal international order. Instead, reform it so it works better.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks next to European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini during a plenary session at the United Nations building in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the Iran Deal Finally Dead?

Europe’s frantic efforts to save the nuclear pact at the U.N. probably won’t work.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 25. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Trump Takes Aim at Iran, China, and the Global System in Big U.N. Speech

And draws a rare laugh from world leaders while boasting of his accomplishments.

A doctor examines the X-rays of a tuberculosis patient at a clinic in Brooklyn, New York, on Nov. 27, 2002. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images

You Can’t Treat Tuberculosis With Platitudes

Washington nearly killed the U.N. anti-TB effort, but it didn't need to. The U.N. will do that itself.

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