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A man walks past a television screen broadcasting footage of a North Korean missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 14.

Biden’s North Korea Policy Needs Rebooting

A series of missile tests make it plain that carrots don’t work without sticks.

A meeting of the United Nations Security Council

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?

Dozens of internally displaced Afghan families collect food in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Aid Infrastructure Is Unraveling

Famine and destitution loom, yet more aid could strengthen the Taliban.

Ghulam Isaczai speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting.

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.

Women wait for staff members from Doctors Without Borders at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, on Nov. 22.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) meets with Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah (R) and head of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed al-Manfi (L) during the International conference on Libya  in Paris on Nov. 12.

Rushed Elections in Libya Won’t Bring Peace

The U.N.’s obsession with process is making conflict and instability more likely.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks.

Russia Blocks Brit From U.N. Libya Envoy Role

Diplomatic spats could undermine U.N. position ahead of key national elections.

Foreign diplomats look across the DMZ into North Korea.

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.

David Beasley, Abdalla Hamdok, and Abdelaziz al-Hilu attend a World Food Program visit.

The World Food Program’s Freelance Diplomacy

David Beasley’s unsanctioned mediation efforts in Khartoum rankle U.S. and U.N. diplomats.

Delegates sit in the action zone as they attend the third day of the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.

4 Key Takeaways From COP26

After two weeks of intense climate negotiations, here’s where progress was made—and where negotiations fell short.

Palestinians collect food aid at a U.N. distribution center.

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's President's Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters in New York City.

Iran Turns East

Conservative President Ebrahim Raisi, deeply distrustful of the West, looks to deepen ties with China and Russia.

Libyans inspect the site of a car bomb attack.

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?


‘The Worst Bloody Job in the World’

U.N. sanctions inspectors feel unsupported and unsafe.


Sunset for U.N. Sanctions?

How the world came to depend on U.N. punitive measures and why the enforcement system is under threat—the first in a series by FP’s Colum Lynch.