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October 19, 2020

Disasters
The World Is Woefully Unprepared for Climate-Driven Natural Disasters

Disaster preparedness is hard, expensive, time-consuming and often thankless work. Failure to invest in it can be catastrophic, however.

A man carries a child on his shoulders through a waterlogged road after heavy rainfall, with water up to his waist, in Mumbai, India

October 12, 2020

Coronavirus
The Time to Start Preparing for the Next Pandemic Is Now

The fallout from COVID-19 demonstrates that pandemics have broader economic, political and security implications that require multilateral attention.

A health worker in full personal protective equipment stands over a patient with a swab testing her for the novel coronavirus in the Beirut suburbs in Lebanon

October 7, 2020

Coronavirus
Taking Pandemic Preparedness Seriously: Lessons from COVID-19

The United States must finally translate its longstanding rhetoric about pandemic preparedness into concrete action.

A medical worker wearing protective mask is seen at a medical checkpoint at the entrance of the Spedali Civili hospital in Brescia, Italy on March 3, 2020.

October 5, 2020

World Order
Hold Those Obituaries for the Liberal World Order

The rules-based, international system may be in crisis, but its strategic and normative logic is as compelling as ever.

French President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Donald Trump, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel , Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council President Donald Tusk sit at a roundtable staring into the camera at a G7 working session on "International Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda" during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 25, 2019.

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.