Biden’s North Korea Policy Needs Rebooting
A series of missile tests make it plain that carrots don’t work without sticks.
Biden Plans U.N. Showdown if Russia Invades Ukraine
There’s lots of history at the Security Council, but few changes.
The Problem With Sanctions
From the White House to Turtle Bay, sanctions have never been more popular. But why are they so hard to make work?
Afghanistan’s Aid Infrastructure Is Unraveling
Famine and destitution loom, yet more aid could strengthen the Taliban.
Afghanistan’s U.N. Envoy Heads for the Exit
“He thought there [was] no government in Afghanistan for him to represent at the U.N.,” one Afghan diplomat said.
U.N., World Bank Under Pressure to Offer Aid to Afghanistan
The existing sanctions regime on Taliban leaders makes it hard for the world to help the Afghan people.
Rushed Elections in Libya Won’t Bring Peace
The U.N.’s obsession with process is making conflict and instability more likely.
Russia Blocks Brit From U.N. Libya Envoy Role
Diplomatic spats could undermine U.N. position ahead of key national elections.
U.N. Libya Envoy Abruptly Resigns Ahead of Critical Elections
Libya still reeling from proxy war between rival foreign powers.
The Life of Diplomats in North Korea
Internal U.N. documents detail the burden foreign envoys face from sanctions and a stiflingly controlling government in Pyongyang.
The World Food Program’s Freelance Diplomacy
David Beasley’s unsanctioned mediation efforts in Khartoum rankle U.S. and U.N. diplomats.
4 Key Takeaways From COP26
After two weeks of intense climate negotiations, here’s where progress was made—and where negotiations fell short.
Palestinian Schools Have a Problem—and Are Running Out of Time
The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees has failed to fulfill demands for reform—and may soon face the consequences.
‘You Live With a Degree of Paranoia’
Inside North Korea’s campaign to penetrate the U.N. sanctions experts’ wall of secrecy.
Iran Turns East
Conservative President Ebrahim Raisi, deeply distrustful of the West, looks to deepen ties with China and Russia.
Libya’s Chaos Is a Warning to the World
Ten years after Qaddafi’s death, Libya is a harbinger of the enduring global disorder to come.
Russia’s Sanctions Problem
Are its U.N. panel obstructions about short-term leverage, or are they intended as an existential threat to the system?
‘It Was Like Having the Chinese Government in the Room With Us’
China’s method for blocking sanctions regimes.