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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…

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 12, 2013

Egypt
"A Nation of Laws": The Egypt Aid Debate

American law requires suspension of aid to any country that undergoes a coup against a democratically elected government. Egypt just suffered, or benefited, from what was clearly a coup: the Army rem…

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.

November 19, 2019

Election 2020
The President’s Inbox: Should the United States Rethink Its Russia Policy?

Each week between now and the Iowa caucuses, I’m talking with two experts with differing views on how the United States should handle a foreign policy challenge it faces. These special episodes are p…

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 4.

November 14, 2019

Digital Policy
Reviewing a Multipolar Tech World in 2019: China, United States, and EU-Japan

While multilateral efforts to establish standards governing emerging technologies have attracted publicity, the reality is that countries continue to pursue their own technological initiatives global…

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the conference Communication Connecting Europe and Asia, in Brussels, Belgium September 27, 2019.

September 4, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
HIV/AIDS, South Africa, and the United States

In the aftermath of the miracle of a democratic transition from apartheid to “non-racial” democracy, South Africa faced a disease nightmare. During the presidencies of Nelson Mandela and his successo…

S.A. PEPFAR

August 7, 2019

Climate Change
Sunk Coast Fallacy: How Island Nations Should Approach Climate Diplomacy

Pacific island nations under threat from rising sea levels can translate geopolitical competition in the region into climate action.

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga delivers remarks at UN Headquarters in New York on April 22, 2016.

August 10, 2016

Israel
Foreign Aid for Hamas

I’ve written about a half dozen times in the past about UNRWA, the UN agency that deals with Palestinians: here in 2014 and here in 2015, for example. Simply put, UNRWA has long had employees who wer…

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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