Nation-building is the only thing that can fix Libya and Syria. So why has President Obama basically ruled it out?
The U.N. is going to determine if Hamas and Israel committed war crimes in Gaza. Even if they did, what can the U.N. do about it?
Why the international community could be on the cusp of a humanitarian breakthrough in the Syrian conflict.
International peacekeepers -- like the ones who stood by in Srebrenica -- could soon be held accountable for their actions.
A pro-Russian separatist's how-to guide for terrorizing eastern Ukraine includes advice on robbing banks, sabotage, and staging drive-by shootings.
The DRC's most notorious outlaws may finally be ready to end their 20-year war of rape and plunder.
Why the new United Nations human rights advocate is the wrong man for the job.
The United Nations isn't following its own rules on equality -- and it's time to make it start.
The U.N.'s new human rights chief has a pretty tall task ahead of him. Is Prince Zeid up to the job?
Corporations really could make the world a better place -- if only the U.N. and state governments would treat them as equal partners.
A new U.N. report reveals that peacekeepers sent to the Central African Republic took sides in the conflict.
The U.N. is debating whether it can legally defy Bashar al-Assad and deliver aid across Syria's borders. Meanwhile, millions of people are suffering.
Syria's presidential election might be a farce -- but that doesn't mean it isn't dangerous.
Three decades ago the world's governments vowed to stamp out torture -- but it's still alive and well.
A diplomatic spat over Iran’s ambassador to the United States has Washington and Tehran at odds again.
The U.N. is begging for money to help Syrians who've fled their homes, as tensions over refugees in Jordan and Lebanon heat up. But there's no solution in sight.
For years, Iran and other American adversaries have complained that Washington plays hardball with visa rules to bar politically controversial delegates. They’re right.
The Obama administration has won a significant human rights triumph in Geneva. But it has gone unheralded amid strident criticisms about spying, drones, and detainees.
Countries around the world, both democratic and authoritarian, are cracking down on freedom of assembly. It's time to push back.
Chadian peacekeepers may be leaving the Central African Republic, but will the war-torn country ever really be free of its meddling northern neighbor?
A former spokesperson reveals the web of lies, half-truths, and omissions that the United Nations has built in Darfur.
How Washington turned its back on a foreign-policy triumph and let Darfur descend back into chaos. Part 3 in Foreign Policy's exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Sudan.
Part 2 in Foreign Policy’s exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Darfur.
After the Darfur genocide, the United Nations sent in 20,000 peacekeepers with a single mission -- to protect the region's civilians. A Foreign Policy investigation details why they failed, and what the U.N. knew about it.
Palestine's push for international recognition is tanking John Kerry's peace talks. Was this Abbas's plan all along?
While Washington was bashing Russia at the U.N. for violating international law, it was facing similar criticisms of its own legal record.
Does the concept of "human rights" still have meaning in a world where everything qualifies?
While Putin basks in the Olympic glow, Russia obstinately blocks aid to Syrian civilians in desperate need.
Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.
'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'