united-nations

Could a U.N.-brokered pact save Libya?

A consensus among moderates committed to a pluralistic future could form the basis for rescuing Libya.

  • Ben Fishman
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  • Jan 22, 2015

Is it possible to meet the ‘Responsibility to Protect’?

The issue with R2P is not a lack of political will or intervention machinery, but that the strategic logic of humanitarian intervention gives rise to a profound dilemma.

  • Roland Paris
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  • Dec 9, 2014

Gaza and the U.N.’s dilemmas of protection

The protection of civilians has become a core priority for the United Nations. But there are limits to what can be achieved.

  • Alex J. Bellamy
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  • Jul 30, 2014

Black Pete and the United Nations

A controversy over a holiday practice in the Netherlands draws the attention of the United Nations.

Why would states want or not want a seat on the United Nations Security Council?

A seat on the United Nations Security Council is not always attractive for states. This article explains why.

Why did Saudi Arabia reject a UN Security Council seat?

Saudi Arabia has little to gain from UN Security Council membership and potentially much to lose.

Maps of global polarization

Three maps show how global ideological conflict has changed since 1980.

Why the rise of China makes the U.S. even lonelier at the United Nations

The more states trade with China, the more they start voting with China (and against the U.S.) in the United Nations.

The U.S. is still lonely at the United Nations

Why has President Obama failed to close the gap between the U.S. and the rest of the world in the United Nations? Some data and some answers.