United Nations

A blanket of snow covers the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Another Trump Loyalist Joins the National Security Council

Elizabeth Erin Walsh will oversee America’s troubled relations with the United Nations.

Armed Houthi separatists brandish their weapons as they gather in the capital Sanaa on Dec. 13.   (Photo credit: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Yemen’s Torment Finally Ending?

The latest cease-fire raises hopes, but officials fear war could break out again.

Children gather around a stainless steel can of soy milk at a day care in Tongchon, North Korea, on Dec. 3. (John Lehmann for First Steps)

Washington Wants Pyongyang to Choose: Humanitarian Aid or Nukes

The United States is hampering some aid groups from fighting tuberculosis and other diseases in North Korea.

A boy holding a Palestinian  flag looks at clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Gaza and and Israel on May 14. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Mulls End To Remaining Aid Programs For Palestinians

Funds to Palestinian security agencies that cooperate with Israel are also in jeopardy.

Zaida Catalán at work with U.N. colleague Michael Sharp. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Morseby)

Former Senior U.N. Official Defends Handling of Congo Murder Investigation

Responding to a Foreign Policy story, official says panel that probed the murder of two U.N. experts focused mainly on preventing future incidents.

Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp were United Nations experts working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Family photos/Foreign Policy illustration)

Congolese Cover-Up

The U.N. concluded two of its investigators, an American and a Swede, were killed in a random ambush in Congo. But evidence suggests they may have walked into a government trap.

A woman walks by a United Nations soldier in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov 13. (John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Kabila Using Ethnic Violence to Delay Elections?

What fighting in Ituri means for politics and the U.N. mission to the DRC.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a ministerial meeting on religious freedom in Washington on July 26. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Does Heather Nauert Have What It Takes?

Trump's pick would be the least experienced U.N. ambassador ever.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Darrell Carver of the 6th Marine Regiment walks among the graves of U.S. soldiers killed in World War I at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France on May 27. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

America’s World War I Déjà Vu

President Donald Trump’s “America First” platform echoes the isolationism that followed the war 100 years ago. That didn’t end well.

Iraqi protesters watch an official building in flames as they demonstrate against the government and the lack of basic services in Basra on Sept. 6. (Haidar Hohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething

The world has focused on rebuilding the country’s north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.

A Syrian rebel fighter with the National Liberation Front watches towards the regime areas in northwestern Aleppo province on October 9, 2018. (Aaref Watad/AFP/Getty Images)

The New U.N. Envoy to Syria Should Kill the Political Process to Save It

A tougher stance from the United Nations would put pressure on Assad and Putin while improving the lives of ordinary Syrians.

A woman holds white balloons during a demonstration to demand the endorsement of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in Bogota on Nov. 30. (Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images)

Women Are the Key to Peace

Cease-fire negotiations that exclude them are more likely to fall apart. Here’s how the U.N. can boost their participation at the bargaining table.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert at a ministerial meeting on religious freedom in Washington on July 26. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Considers Diplomatic Novice for U.N. Ambassador

The U.S. president says State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is under serious consideration.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 25. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Inside Trump’s Plan to Scale Back U.N. Resolutions on Sexual Health, Violence Against Women

Internal memos reflect the growing influence of conservative Christians in the Trump administration.

A woman holds a Japanese flag as she listens to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking during a rally in Tokyo on Sept. 19. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

The Fate of the World Order Rests on Tokyo’s Shoulders

Japan was one of the system’s biggest winners, and it is one of the few countries that can save it now.

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.

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