United Nations

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

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 |

Argument

The Goldilocks Arsenal

How many nukes is the "just right" amount?

J. Peter Scoblic |

Argument

Meet the GUTS

The West isn't declining. Here are four world powers enjoying an astonishing renaissance.

Bruce Jones and Thomas Wright |

Argument

Lost at Sea

Can the Obama administration succeed where its predecessors failed on the Law of the Sea treaty?

James Kraska |

Argument

Lebanon's Little Syria

Bashar al-Assad's enemies and allies are battling it out in the flashpoint city of Tripoli.

Emile Hokayem |

Argument

The Silence in Sudan

Why did the United Nations stop reporting atrocities in Darfur?

Colum Lynch |

Terms of Engagement

The Accidental Peacemaker

China now finds itself on the side of peace in a brewing border conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. But is it really committed to stopping its old buddy, Bashir?

James Traub |

David Rothkopf

The New Math of Geopolitics: Does It All Add Up to G-Zero?

A conversation between Ian Bremmer and David Rothkopf.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

Congratulations and Condolences

The conviction of Charles Taylor is welcome news. But don’t be fooled: The international criminal justice system is in deep trouble.

Christopher Stephen |

Argument

Predators for Peace

Drones have revolutionized war. Why not let them deliver aid?

Jack C. Chow |

Argument

Tarred and Feathered

Vice President Joe Biden's confident speech today painted Mitt Romney as both George W. Bush and Michael Dukakis when it comes to foreign policy.

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

Ostriches and Automatic Weapons

My surreal afternoon with Charles Taylor. 

John Norris |

Behind the Numbers

The New, New World Order

Do Americans still hate the United Nations?

Scott Clement |

Argument

Away From the Handouts

The argument for a new approach to development aid.

Peter Passell |

Dispatch

Saving Somalia

Turkey may just be able to fix this war-torn east African nation -- if it doesn't fall into the same traps of would-be saviors who came before it.

Laura Heaton |

Argument

What Sex Means for World Peace

The evidence is clear: The best predictor of a state's stability is how its women are treated.

Valerie M. Hudson |

In Box

Smart Sanctions: A Short History

How a blunt diplomatic tool morphed into the precision-guided measures we know today.

Uri Friedman |

Slide Show

Mogadishu's Moment

The city is making great strides, but 20 years of violence can't be erased in a day.

Slide Show |

Argument

Odious Obligations

Russia and China may feel fine with making bad moral decisions when it comes to Syria, but even they don’t like to make bad economic decisions. Can preemptive sanctions turn up the heat on Assad?

Charles Kenny |

Argument

The Road to Hell Is Paved with Viral Videos

For all its goodwill, Invisible Children's Kony 2012 film is dangerous propaganda, pure and simple. It's not a call to make a notorious celebrity out of Joseph Kony -- it's a call to war.

David Rieff |

Argument

The Parchin Trap

Don't count on the IAEA uncovering a smoking gun at Iran's military complex.

Mark Fitzpatrick |

David Rothkopf

The Iceman Leadeth

The cool diplomacy of Barack Obama.

David Rothkopf |

Argument

The Islamic World's Quiet Revolution

Forget politics. Muslim countries are poised to experience a new wave of change -- but this time it's all about demographics.

Nicholas Eberstadt |

Terms of Engagement

Will the Good BRICS Please Stand Up?

You can call them respectable democracies, but India, Brazil, and South Africa will be judged by how they act abroad. And on the Syria question, it's been shameful.

James Traub |

Slide Show

In the Name of the Lord

While controversy rages around the #StopKony campaign, a look at the progression of the Lord's Resistance Army from a Ugandan rebel force to a regional terror group.

Slide Show |