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April 14, 2022

Global Governance
Does the UN Risk Becoming a Second League of Nations?

The war in Ukraine marks the biggest test for the United Nations in three decades, but its failure is not inevitable, nor is it destined for irrelevance.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appears on a large screen as he addresses the United Nations Security Council via video link during a meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on April 5, 2022.

April 1, 2022

The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

A comprehensive list of each episode of The President's Inbox organized by topic. 

Resolute desk

March 24, 2022

Tracking Cyber Operations and Actors in the Russia-Ukraine War

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been characterized by a relative lack of major cyber operations. This article provides an accounting of those which have taken place.

Ukrainian airborne troops stand in formation during drills in November 2021.

March 18, 2022

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Violence Against Asian American Women Sparks Concern, Fear

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 March 11 to March 18.

People hold placards during a "Stop Asian Hate" rally on March 20, 2021, following deadly shootings at a spa in Atlanta, Georgia.

March 8, 2022

Tokyo Condemns Putin’s War, Aids Ukraine

In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Japan shifts towards a more assertive foreign policy. 

Japanese Castle

March 4, 2022

Five Questions: Russia’s War on Ukraine

Five questions about how Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will develop and what it means for the world.

People stand next to a shell crater in front of a house damaged by recent shelling in the village of Hatne, in the Kyiv region, on March 3, 2022.

March 2, 2022

Putin’s Catastrophic War of Choice: Lessons Learned (So Far)

Although the situation in Ukraine continues to evolve rapidly, there are already several vital lessons to glean from Russia's incursion into the sovereign territory of its neighbor.

People carry flags and banners at a protest of members of the European Parliament and citizens, including Ukrainian living in Belgium, in support of Ukraine and against the war, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Brussels, Belgium on March 1, 2022.

February 28, 2022

Sub-Saharan Africa
Ukraine Crisis Should Hasten Efforts to Rethink Policy Toward Africa

As the world’s attention is riveted by the dramatic and consequential struggle for Ukraine, last week it was a voice from Africa—that of Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations Martin Kimani—who clarified the stakes in Ukraine for the rest of the world. His defense of rules-based multilateralism and rebuke of powerful states that disregard international norms when it suits them pointed toward the promise of a renewed commitment to international order.

Kenya's UN representative sits at a meeting of the UN Security Council.

February 23, 2022

Ethiopia's Crises Are Not Yet in the Past

When the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) began generating electricity a few days ago, it marked a triumphant moment for a troubled country. Paired with the images of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s engagements at the recent AU and European Union-Africa Summits, in which he advocated for a stronger African voice in international decision-making, and the news that the Ethiopian parliament voted to lift the state of emergency that had been imposed late last year, the latest developments can seem like a return to form for Ethiopia and its relations with the rest of the world.

A group of individuals—some seated in the foreground, some standing further in the background—gather for a ceremony.