United Nations

Dispatch

Back to the Bad Old Days

A diplomatic spat over Iran’s ambassador to the United States has Washington and Tehran at odds again.

Sune Engel Rasmussen |

Report

'We'll Probably Get Through This Year'

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.

Nicholas Seeley |

Report

Papers, Please.

For years, Iran and other American adversaries have complained that Washington plays hardball with visa rules to bar politically controversial delegates. They’re right.

Elias Groll |

Argument

Whipping Votes and Protecting Lives

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.

Suzanne Nossel |

Argument

Fighting for the Public Square

Countries around the world, both democratic and authoritarian, are cracking down on freedom of assembly. It's time to push back.

Douglas Rutzen |

Argument

Conflict of Interest

Chadian peacekeepers may be leaving the Central African Republic, but will the war-torn country ever really be free of its meddling northern neighbor?

Simon Allison |

Argument

We Can't Say All That We See in Darfur

A former spokesperson reveals the web of lies, half-truths, and omissions that the United Nations has built in Darfur.

Aicha Elbasri |

Special Report

A Mission That Was Set Up to Fail

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.

Colum Lynch |

Special Report

'Now We Will Kill You'

Part 2 in Foreign Policy’s exclusive investigation of the U.N.'s peacekeeping debacle in Darfur.

Colum Lynch |

Special Report

'They Just Stood Watching'

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.

Colum Lynch |

Dispatch

Suicide by Statehood

Palestine's push for international recognition is tanking John Kerry's peace talks. Was this Abbas's plan all along?

Grant Rumley |

COLUMN

Pot, Meet Kettle

While Washington was bashing Russia at the U.N. for violating international law, it was facing similar criticisms of its own legal record.

David Bosco |

Argument

The Human Rights That Dictators Love

Does the concept of "human rights" still have meaning in a world where everything qualifies?

Pedro Pizano |

Argument

Letting Syria Starve While Sochi Shines

While Putin basks in the Olympic glow, Russia obstinately blocks aid to Syrian civilians in desperate need.

Mark Malloch-Brown |

Argument

Aid Amnesia

Jeffrey Sachs has gone down the rabbit hole on the aid debate. He doesn't even remember what it was all about.

William Easterly |

Report

Syria Peace Talks On the Verge of Imploding After Invitation Mishap

'The question is not whether this conference will fail but how it will fail.'

Colum Lynch |

Report

Cut Short

The latest threat to international peacekeeping is political warfare in Washington.

Michel Gabaudan |

Investigation

Gag Order

Why is the U.N. censoring its own Syria news?

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Terms of Engagement

'The Worst of the Worst'

A U.S. ally is treating a would-be nation as a prison camp -- and we're doing nothing about it.

James Traub |

Jeffrey Lewis

Vive la Freeze!

Why the French are better at diplomacy than we are.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Dispatch

The Listener-In-Chief

On the road with Burma's reformist president.

Gwen Robinson |

Exclusive

Why Has the U.N. Given Assad a Free Pass on Mass Murder?

Humanitarian workers chronicle Syria's suffering -- but withhold key details on who is at fault.

Colum Lynch |

Argument

Keeping Up with the Karimovs

Why is Uzbekistan's pop star princess suddenly airing the dictatorship’s dirty laundry?

Andrew Stroehlein |

Argument

What Lies Beneath

Nazi art, Bosnian graves, and Syria's dark secrets.

John Norris |

Argument

Vote of the Living Dead

Not all election monitors are the same: some of them are out to devour democracy.

Christopher Walker |

Dispatch

The Last Refugee Camp

Could the world's go-to strategy of warehousing the displaced finally be changing? 

Nicholas Seeley |

Argument

The Clean Plate Club

From Senegal to St. Louis, the world wastes an astonishing amount of food every year. So why is it so hard to cut down on leftovers, save the environment, and feed the hungry?

John Norris |

Argument

Assad's War of Starvation

The Syrian regime is blocking delivery of vital food, medical, and humanitarian aid. And with winter coming, thousands of lives hang in the balance.

John F. Kerry |

Report

'This Is Not How a Protection Racket Is Supposed to Work'

Why the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are increasingly at odds.

Colum Lynch |