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July 17, 2019

Space
The Moon Landing Anniversary Confronts America With a Fateful Choice

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, U.S. policymakers face the choice of whether to put humanity on a trajectory of peaceful cooperation or dangerous militarization in space. 

 Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed U.S. flag on the lunar surface.

July 15, 2019

Sustainable Development Goals (UN)
Taking Stock of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This week, representatives from UN member states meet to discuss progress on six goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

Then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 22, 2016.

July 8, 2019

Oceans and Seas
Why the UN Pact on High Seas Biodiversity Is Too Important to Fail

The UN Pact on High Seas Biodiversity represents a long-overdue acknowledgment that the fate of the ocean will help determine our own. But success will require reconciling the divergent interests of …

Coral reef and the ocean

July 16, 2019

Global Governance
Making Trade Work to Mitigate Climate Change

Trade is a critical multiplier of the fossil fuel–intensive activities that contribute to climate change. Changes to the structure of global trade governance are necessary if the worst consequences o…

A laser, operated by the environmental group Greenpeace, projects a slogan onto the 40,000 tonne coal ship Pasha Bulker June 27, 2007 as it sits about 330 feet from Nobbys Beach after running aground near the coal port of Newcastle on Australia's east coast on June 8, 2007.

June 24, 2019

Japan
Setting the Scene—and the Expectations—for the G20 Summit in Japan

World leaders are gearing up for the annual summit of the G20 in Osaka, Japan, where they will turn their attention to a host of issues, not least the U.S.-China trade relationship.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a couples dinner with first lady Melania Trump and Abe's wife Akie in Tokyo, Japan, on May 26, 2019.

June 17, 2019

Digital Policy
Can a Divided World Cope With the Risks of the Digital Revolution?

A new UN report on digital cooperation could fall on deaf ears in a period of intense global technology competition. 

An engineer stands under a base station antenna in Huawei's SG178 multi-probe spherical near-field testing system at its Songshan Lake Manufacturing Center in Dongguan, China, on May 30, 2019.

June 10, 2019

Europe
Trump, in His Own Mad Way, Has Forced a Real Debate Over Transatlantic Ties

Seventy-five years after the D-Day landings at Normandy, U.S. President Donald J. Trump is forcing Europeans to confront long-postponed dilemmas of self-reliance and defense. 

U.S President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and his wife Brigitte Macron look to flypasts to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, June 6, 2019.

July 3, 2019

North Korea
The Fissile State of International Nuclear Cooperation

Arms control and diplomacy are falling by the wayside as countries modernize arsenals and renew their focus on geopolitical competition.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, on June 30, 2019.

June 3, 2019

Global Governance
Why Is No One Talking About UN Security Council Reform Anymore?

The composition of the UN Security Council bears less and less resemblance to the distribution of international power, yet countries have fallen silent on the issue of reform. 

The UN Security Council chamber is seen from behind the council president's chair at the UN headquarters in New York City on September 18, 2015.