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September 24, 2019

Donald Trump
Patriot Games: President Trump Again Puts the “Nation” in United Nations

Though Trump’s tone was solemn and even-keeled, the overall thrust of his UN General Assembly speech was of transactional nationalism, emphasizing the importance of pursuing national interests and co…

U.S. President Donald J. Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, NY on September 24, 2019.

July 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
The United Nations’ Failures in Myanmar: Lessons Learned?

Last month, the United Nations released a scathing report about the organization’s own actions in Myanmar over the past ten years. The report, written by an independent investigator, but commissioned…

Myanmar's Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi addresses the 71st United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York on September 21, 2016.

July 9, 2019

China
Is China Undermining Human Rights at the United Nations?

Under President Xi Jinping, China is pressing the United Nations’ human rights body to favor national sovereignty and development over calling out domestic rights abuses.

September 16, 2019

Development
Sustainable Development Takes Center Stage at the United Nations

As the United States abdicates leadership in sustainable development, subnational actors and the world's youth are taking the reins in addressing global challenges.

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on the Malizia II racing yacht.

December 27, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
The United Nations Resolution on Israel

Since the adoption last week the Security Council resolution on Israel, I’ve had my say in The Weekly Standard and The Washington Post condemning the Obama administration’s decision to allow the reso…

August 27, 2019

United States
The National Debt Dilemma

With the U.S. national debt already exceeding $16 trillion, President Trump’s tax reform and budget deals with Congress have added to the country’s deficits. CFR explores the origins of the national debt, the risks it presents, and the outlook for change.

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October 31, 2012

Elections and Voting
The Candidates on the United Nations

President Obama is generally supportive of the UN mission while raising questions about its effectiveness, but GOP candidate Mitt Romney is harshly critical of the organization.

April 20, 2016

Global
The Role of the United Nations

Council on Foreign Relations 4/20/16 Academic Conference Call on The Role of the United Nations with Esther Brimmer

October 14, 2019

Syria
The United States Is Done Caring About Syria

A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.

A child inspects a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar el-Asaad at Arbin town in Damascus countryside, Syria July 21, 2015.

October 29, 2018

Russia
Unpacking The Competing Russian and U.S. Cyberspace Resolutions at the United Nations

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. It's October and the United Nations General Assembly and subsidiary committ…

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