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October 5, 2021

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sits for a photograph at the UN headquarters in Manhattan.

October 5, 2021

Peacekeeping
The Role of Peacekeeping in Africa

Africa continues to have more peacekeeping missions than any other continent. As conflict-stricken countries increasingly look outside the United Nations for support, experts say reforms are necessar…

Uruguayan peacekeepers in blue helmets and military gear look out atop a vehicle during a patrol in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

October 6, 2021

Diplomacy and International Institutions
UN Representation in an Era of Revitalized Multilateralism

Competing UN credential submissions are not unprecedented. Many of the pressures and challenges of the modern era, however, are.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the seventy-sixth session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

October 4, 2021

China
Making Sense of China’s Pledge to Stop Building Coal-Fired Power Plants Abroad

China's decision to stop funding coal plants abroad is an important step, but real progress will require phasing out coal at home.

A coal-burning power plant can be seen behind a factory in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region October 31, 2010.

October 13, 2016

International Organizations
The UN’s Ninth Secretary-General is António Guterres

The following is a guest post by Megan Roberts, associate director of the International Institutions and Global Governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Today the UN General Assembly …

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September 21, 2021

United Nations General Assembly
Biden’s Forceful UN Address: Let’s Get to Work

U.S. President Joe Biden made his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. His message, both to his domestic and foreign audiences, was clear: The United States is…

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021.

September 16, 2021

United Nations
Biden’s Tricky UN Message to a Troubled World

Biden faces a dual challenge at the UN General Assembly. He must convince the world that the U.S. is committed to multilateralism while persuading the American public that the UN can be an indispensa…

U.S. President Joe Biden gestures with both hands as he delivers a foreign policy address with an American flag in the background as Vice President Kamala Harris listens during a visit to the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2021.

August 5, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Gender Equality at the Summer Olympic Games

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers July 26 to August 2.

Sakura Yosozumi, Cocona Hiraki, and Sky Brown celebrate their respective gold, silver, and bronze medals for skateboarding at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

March 3, 2021

Nigeria
Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria Captures International Attention—Again

On February 27 "bandits" attacked the Government Girls Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State and kidnapped some three hundred girls. Government reaction was predictable: search-and-rescue missions and strong statements.

A line of young girls, most without shoes and wearing blue Islamic headdress, leave a building after being released from captivity by bandits. A Nigerian policeman carrying an assault rifle is standing next to the line of girls.

July 7, 2021

Energy and Environment
How Green-Party Success Is Reshaping Global Politics

Once a fringe movement, green parties are increasingly shaping the debate in countries around the world. How influential are they, and what comes next?

Annalena Baerbock, leader of Germany’s green party, speaks at the party conference in June 2021.