United Nations


State of Confusion

Why Mahmoud Abbas’s U.N. statehood bid is great for Israel -- and the United States.

Ephraim Sneh |

Slide Show

The Battle for Goma

Once again, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has descended into chaos.

Slide Show |


Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.

Cristina Odone |

The List

Everything You Need to Know About Susan Rice

The lowdown on America's maybe-next secretary of state.

Colum Lynch |


Throwing Rice

Barack Obama was right to defend Susan Rice from the GOP attacks. She's got the chops to be secretary of state.

Sean Kay |


Defender of the Flame

Not only does the United States deserve a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it’s leading the charge.

Eileen Donahoe |

Micah Zenko

The Projectionist

Why Bibi can't scare the U.S. into bombing Iran.

Micah Zenko |

Slide Show

Madam President?

While Barack Obama was off fighting to keep his job, Hillary Clinton was busy in New York doing it.

Slide Show |

David Rothkopf

How Not to Lead the World

The U.N. General Assembly is providing a real-time seminar on failed leadership.

David Rothkopf |


Breakfast with Ahmadinejad

Iran's president meets the press.

Susan B. Glasser |



How the U.N. saved the Somali pirates from the brink of extinction.

Robert Young Pelton |


Report Card

Can the International Atomic Energy Agency stop a war with Iran?

Mark Hibbs |


The Point Guard

Susan Rice calls the plays for Barack Obama at the United Nations. Could she lead his foreign-policy team next? Should she?

James Traub |


Who Broke the U.N.?

Long a target for "reform," the United Nations has taken heat for a bloated bureaucracy and gridlocked Security Council. FP surveyed top experts about what role it should play in today's ever-more-tangled global conflicts, with Madeleine Albright guiding us through the results.

Madeleine K. Albright |


The United Nations and the Internet: <br>It's Complicated

A battle is brewing, but the black helicopters are not about to invade.

Rebecca MacKinnon |


Burma's Lost Boys

The government in Burma is promising to clean up its act. But the army is still recruiting child soldiers.

Patrick Bodenham |


Lost City

After a week of wanton destruction, is the legendary city of Timbuktu finally coming to an end?

Peter Chilson |


Battle Rial

To end Iran's nuclear program, it's time for America to step up its economic warfare.

Mark Dubowitz |


If at First You Don't Succeed…

The Palestinians are having another go at the United Nations. Will this time be as disastrous as the last?

Jonathan Schanzer |


No More Half Measures

A compromise solution that removes Syria's Bashar al-Assad but replaces him with a crony is now fully off the table. It's time for Washington to back the opposition.

Daniel Byman |

Reality Check

Everything in Syria Is Going to Plan

It just depends on whose plan you're talking about.

Aaron David Miller |


Processing Delay

The Arab-Israeli peace process has never been more irrelevant to developments in the Middle East.

Elliott Abrams |

Slide Show

Where Have All the Blue Helmets Gone?

A look at the Third World troops who fight the U.N.'s wars.

Colum Lynch |


White Whale

Why the black helicopter crowd goes crazy over the Law of the Sea Treaty.

David Weigel |

Terms of Engagement

Enough Talking, Kofi

It’s time for the world to stop hiding behind Kofi Annan's skirts. We gave diplomacy a chance in Syria; now we must accept that diplomacy has failed.

James Traub |

Christian Caryl

In the Crosshairs

Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.

Christian Caryl |


Why Libya Matters

If the international community doesn't help Libya build a democratic society now, it'll have no one but itself to blame for the consequences of failure.

Giulio Terzi |


The Goldilocks Arsenal

How many nukes is the "just right" amount?

J. Peter Scoblic |