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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…

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…

February 24, 2020

Women and Women's Rights
Other Nations Have Been Putting Women in Charge. Where's the United States?

As the race for the Democratic nomination heats up, the chances of the two remaining women appear to be fading. That has left some voters asking — again — whether the United States is ready to elect …

Sanna Marin and Angela Merkel

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.

January 16, 2020

Digital Policy
A Multistakeholder Meeting at the United Nations Could Help States Develop Cyber Norms

In December, the Open-Ended Working Group of the United Nations held a three-day informal intersessional consultation to discuss security in information and communications technologies. December’s me…

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (back L) watches as Secretary-General-designate Mr. Antonio Guterres of Portugal is sworn in by President of the U.N. General Assembly Peter Thomson (R), at UN headquarters in New York, U.S.

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.

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

February 25, 2020

Election 2020
The President's Inbox: Should the United States Leave Afghanistan?

Since November, I have been talking with experts with differing views on how the United States should handle the foreign policy challenges it faces. These special episodes are part of CFR’s Election …

An Afghan National Army officer holds the black, red, and green Afghan flag during a training exercise in Kabul in October 2015.

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…

July 8, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
About Military Aid to Egypt

Should U.S. military aid to Egypt now be suspended, as the law appears to require when there has been a military coup? My answer is yes. First, it should be clear that there was a coup: the Army ove…

Tahrir Square