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September 28, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Gauging Public Support for Multilateralism—Around the World, and in the U.S.

Recent surveys reveal robust global and U.S. support for international cooperation and the United Nations, but also document stark partisan differences in America.

The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at UN headquarters during the seventy-fifth annual UN General Assembly on September 21, 2020.

September 22, 2020

United Nations
Donald Trump’s Disjointed and Misleading UN Address

President Trump's virtual address to the UN General Assembly was shallow, unpersuasive, and exaggerated his domestic and international achievements.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump is projected on a screen in the mostly vacant UN General Assembly in New York during the 75th annual UN General Assembly, which is being held mostly virtually, on September 22, 2020.

September 21, 2020

United Nations
10 Hard Realities About the UN on Its Troubled 75th Anniversary

Broad-brush critiques of the United Nations often gloss over the distinct institutional components of the UN system and the geopolitical realities it has to work in. 

A United Nations flag is laying on a chair in the corner of a boardroom, with the New York skyline in the window and reflected on the boardroom table in the Secretariat building during the UN General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 25, 2013.

September 14, 2020

United Nations General Assembly
Can a Virtual UN General Assembly Deliver on Real World Problems?

Despite limitations, the UN will still sponsor a few notable events and initiatives at this year’s General Assembly, but do not expect any breakthroughs.

President Sauli Niinisto of Finland addresses a room full of attendees during the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 29, 2015.

August 24, 2020

Climate Change
California Is a Preview of Climate Change’s Devastation for the Entire World

California is setting the pace for climate change disasters. Its plight is a direct consequence of the human addiction to fossil fuels.

Fire engulfs trees on a hillside; with clouds of smoke rising from the scene

August 17, 2020

Global Governance
The United Nations Prepares for a Somber 75th Anniversary

U.S. unilateralism, geopolitical rivalries, and COVID-19 are humbling UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s ambitions for the UN75 agenda.

A woman with headphones watches United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is seen on a video screen during a virtual climate summit in Berlin on April 28, 2020.

August 3, 2020

Energy and Environment
California’s Bold Conservation Push Is Part of a Hopeful Global Trend

Environmental stewardship pays economic and other dividends. Fortunately, many are acknowledging that natural capital is just as important for human prosperity and security as financial, physical, an…

A rainbow is seen across the Yosemite Valley in front of El Capitan granite rock formation in Yosemite National Park in California, on March 29, 2019.

July 27, 2020

Human Rights
U.S. Effort to ‘Nationalize’ Human Rights Undermines Them at Home and Abroad

The draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights provides a gift to despotic regimes and reveals the Trump administration’s hypocritical human rights policy.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sits on stage in front of a large State Department logo before giving remarks on the draft report of the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights.

July 20, 2020

Climate Change
The Case for Ecological Realism

The global environmental crisis has exposed the limitations of traditional political realism. It is time to embrace ecological realism. 

A child holds a sign that says "Children need future" at a climate change protest in Thailand.

July 13, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Leaving the WHO Is No Way to Deal With a Pandemic

The United States should abandon its misguided withdrawal from the World Health Organization and work instead toward reforming the institution. 

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.