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The Global Order in a Post-United Nations Era

The Global Order in a Post-United Nations Era

In its current form and function, the United Nations is on course to become irrelevant. Times are rapidly changing and while its model has been static, at best.

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Nikki Haley Steps into the Turtle Bay Meat Grinder

Nikki Haley Steps into the Turtle Bay Meat Grinder

With strong anti-UN sentiment among Republicans in Congress and growing Russian and Chinese assertiveness, Haley's task is not going to be easy.

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Can António Guterres Save the UN?

Can António Guterres Save the UN?

The Secretary-General post requires three things at once: Guterres needs to be a diplomat, a bureaucrat, and a politician.

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UN Reform by the Numbers

UN Reform by the Numbers

For the UN to reflect today’s world accurately, it must reform both the Security Council and national contributions to the UN budget.

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The World Needs Maternalistic Leadership

The World Needs Maternalistic Leadership

With the worldwide rising tide of female leadership, the global public’s call for a female UN leader encapsulates today's zeitgeist.

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The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The UN Should Get a Better Deal from Assad

The Syrian government has been exerting a great deal of influence on the actions of the UN aid agencies in Syria. It has leveraged foreign aid workers need for its permission to enter Syria into access to supplies for its supporters while denying vital food and medical aid to civilians trapped in areas outside its control.

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The United Nations’ Struggles in Syria

The United Nations’ Struggles in Syria

On June 9, the U.N. was finally able to get food to residents of Daraya, a small Damascus suburb, for the first time in almost four years.

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The UN Post-2015: Great Decisions Spring Updates

The UN Post-2015: Great Decisions Spring Updates

With Ban Ki-Moon’s term as the United Nations Secretary-General ending this year, many candidates have been put forward to replace him.

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Finding the next UN Secretary-General

Finding the next UN Secretary-General

With current Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon term ending this year, the search for his replacement has begun. Here are the four current nominees with the best credentials and most support.

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A Few Thoughts on Israel at the UN

A Few Thoughts on Israel at the UN

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently spoke at the UN General Assembly meeting on behalf of the Jewish state.

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U.N. Deploys More Peacekeepers in the CAR, But Will It be Enough?

U.N. Deploys More Peacekeepers in the CAR, But Will It be Enough?

Last Monday, in a ceremony at Bangui airport, about 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police joined a mission under U.N. control in the battle-torn Central African Republic CAR), along with the previous contingent of 4,800 African troops and 1,000 international police. The new reinforcements have come from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, ...

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The U.N. Lacks Moral Authority to Dictate Morale in Haiti

The U.N. Lacks Moral Authority to Dictate Morale in Haiti

  It is a volcano jumping between dormant and active stages and last month, it erupted again, spitting a litany of condemning editorials across global opinion pages that set ablaze United Nations’ inexcusable, uncompromising policy in Haiti, where the cholera epidemic, now entering its fourth year, killed more than 8,300 people ...

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A reform of the U.N.? Think again

A reform of the U.N.? Think again

In a recent communication (see below) from the French Foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, announced a possible new reform of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Such announce is not surprising as France has been for quite some time been in favor of an enlargement of the U.N. Security ...

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Can the U.N. Security Council Reform?

Can the U.N. Security Council Reform?

As the rebellion in Syria languishes on with little attention from the international community, a confidential report authored by the U.N. Security Council’s Group of Experts was leaked to Reuters. This is not the first time such a “leak” has occurred, which implicates the credibility of the ...

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The United Nations and the “Paranoid Style”

The United Nations and the “Paranoid Style”

As historian Richard Hofstadter pointed out in his classic 1964 essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” U.S. history has featured recurring waves of conspiracy theories. Sometimes they have become prominent; sometimes they abide below the surface. Nineteenth-century versions saw threats that ...

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