‘It Was Like Having the Chinese Government in the Room With Us’
China’s method for blocking sanctions regimes.
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 an FP series.
Why Can’t Women End Wars?
Even as other domains of policy diversify, peacemaking is still left almost entirely to men.
The U.N. Must Investigate Nagorno-Karabakh War Crimes
Baku and Yerevan are not members of the International Criminal Court. That means an independent international investigation is needed to ensure accountability for atrocities.
The Most Important U.N. Speeches This Year
FP columnists and contributors break down the good, the bad, and the ugly from the 76th U.N. General Assembly.
China Is Choking Civil Society at the United Nations
The Chinese government is using every means at its disposal to do battle with NGOs.
Stalled North Korea Talks Show UNGA’s Limits
World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations.
NGOs Frozen Out of U.N. Building
Civil society representatives are blocked over COVID-19 concerns, even as foreign diplomats and journalists pass freely through the headquarters.
‘Minister Nyet’ Returns to His U.N. Stomping Grounds
Sergey Lavrov has honed the practice of body blocking U.S. and European diplomacy at every turn.
The Taliban Want a Seat at the U.N.
A Taliban letter to the secretary-general sets the stage for a diplomatic showdown.
Throw a Lifeline to the Afghans Left Behind
This week’s U.N. General Assembly provides an opportunity to assist the minorities, activists, women, and girls still in Afghanistan.
Inside Biden’s Presidential UNGA Debut
The U.S. president has yet to convince the world that a post-Trump America is here to stay.
Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over U.N. General Assembly
Some world leaders traveling to New York are ignoring coronavirus safety protocols.
Spat With France Overshadows Biden Debut at UNGA
France recalls its envoys to Washington and Canberra over a dispute ahead of the major U.N. summit.
Biden, a Lifelong U.N. Advocate, Needs the Institution More Than Ever
From COVID-19 to climate, the U.S. president will focus his first General Assembly speech on the world body’s indispensability.
U.N.’s Guterres Has a Plan to Reboot Multilateralism
The newly reelected secretary-general wants the world to work together to battle pandemics, inequality, and climate change.