Ideas

Here's Why the UN Sat on Its Hands During 5 Years of War in Syria

The 'great power' origins and recent deadly failings of the power of veto inside the U.N. Security Council.

Threats

The 'Staggering' Civilian Costs of Iraq's Fight Against ISIS

The UN estimates that at least 18,000 Iraqis have been killed since the start of 2014, a number it warns might be too low.

Ideas

The United Nations Must Clamp Down on ISIS Oil Profits

With little power to stop Islamic State administrators from taxing subjugated populations, the world community must focus on limiting petrochemical revenues.

Ideas

The US Military Just Lost Its Carbon Exemption, But Don't Expect Big Changes Soon

Under the Paris climate agreement, countries are no longer exempted from cutting military emissions. Here's how that figures into U.S. plans, which are not set to begin for many years.

Ideas

UN Peacekeeping Needs a Major Technological Update

The blue-helmeted troops often find themselves with far inferior gear than local fighters and even police.

Ideas

The Rules of Cyberspace Just Got A Bit Clearer

The UN's new recommendations guiding state activity in cyberspace break new ground in three important areas.

Policy

What the UN Can Do To Fix Its Peacekeeping Mission

UN peacekeeping missions are 'not suited to engage in military counterterror operations,' according to the first independent report on UN peacekeeping operations since 2000.

Policy

Kerry Defends UN Vote on Iran Deal, Says Bought Congress Time

Members of Congress wanted a vote on the Iran agreement before the U.N. had its say, but the Obama administration says it fought and won them a 90-day window.

Policy

The Tiny, Cash-Strapped Agency at the Heart of the Iran Deal

Enforcing the agreement is the job of the IAEA, an organization that has a budget the size of San Diego's police department.

Policy

The UN Still Can't Stop Genocide

A failure to recognize the 1995 massacre at Srebenica as genocide sent the world body decades into the past.

Ideas

UN's Purpose Questioned in a 'Post-Nation' World

At the UN Charter's 70th anniversary, some ambassadors question its purpose in a world of empowered and agile non-state actors.

Policy

Two Ways the United Nations Could Improve Cybersecurity Policy This Week

It will come down to sticking with an unsatisfactory status quo or coming up with something new.

Ideas

Why the West Will Ignore Samantha Powers’ Call for UN Peacekeepers

The West may have abandoned peacekeeping operations, but UN blue helmets are going strong amid a quiet global power shift.

Policy

How UN Members Want To Bypass a Security Council Veto

Proposals from France and Brazil reopened a much-needed discussion on how to make the Security Council more responsive to mass atrocities like the Syrian conflict. By Stewart M. Patrick

Ideas

The Race To Claim the North Pole Is Heating Up

After 12 years and $50 million of research, Copenhagen is claiming an area of the North Pole about 20 times the size of Denmark. By Kabir Chibber

Ideas

Four Ways the US Can Help the African Union Stand on Its Own

A united and capable Africa appeals to both regional players and Washington, which increasingly views violence within Africa’s many fragile states as enabling conditions for terrorists with growing global ambitions. By Stewart M. Patrick

Policy

Syria Says It Supports the Fight Against ISIL

The Syrian regime says fighting terrorism ‘is certainly possible through military strikes,’ but warns of a ‘double-standard policy’ on arming the rebels. By Ben Watson

Policy

In UN Address, Netanyahu Compares Iran to ISIL

The Israeli prime minister called ISIL and Hamas 'branches of the same poisonous tree,' and said the UN's Human Rights Council is an 'oxymoron.' By Rebecca Nelson

Policy

Iran Says the West Should Step Aside in the Fight Against ISIL

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he believes 'the right solution to this quandary comes from within the region.' By Kaveh Waddell

Policy

Obama Takes on (Most of) the World

Obama shames Russia, buries the myth of Middle East 'linkage' and promises to lead the fight against barbarism -- in a decidedly different speech at the UN. By Jeffrey Goldberg

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