United Nations

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 |

Slide Show

Home Away From Homs

Syrians fleeing the violence have been left stranded in the no-man's land of refugee camps.

Slide Show |

Argument

Let North Korea Keep Its Nukes

It's the only solution that has any hope of success.

Andrei Lankov |

Argument

The Fall of Homs

The rebels may have retreated, but the revolution goes on.

Michael Weiss |

David Rothkopf

Brazil's New Swagger

South America's emerging superpower is coming into its own. But with great power comes great responsibility.

David Rothkopf |

Dispatch

Winning Ugly in Venezuela

How Hugo Chávez is painting his opponent as a gay, Zionist Nazi out to destroy the country. 

Peter Wilson |

The Optimist

The Trojan Paradox

If religious conservatives want to put a stop to abortions, there's no better tool than making contraception a lot more available. And there's a world of good it'll do.

Charles Kenny |

Argument

Obiang's Booby Prize

In France, UNESCO may finally reject the African dictator's vanity prize; in the United States, his high-spending son fights to keep feds from seizing a Malibu mansion.

Ken Silverstein |

Behind the Numbers

Don't Count on a Syria Intervention

In the end, Americans just aren't interested in getting involved in promoting democracy overseas.

Scott Clement |