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As the U.S. and Russia Talk Ukraine, Where’s Europe?

Foreign Policy - Thu, 20/01/2022 - 12:00
The French president wants a new security framework for Europe, he’ll have a hard time getting a unified answer from his fellow leaders.

The Omicron Variant Arrives in Beijing

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 23:49
With two weeks to go before the start of the Winter Olympics, China is doubling down on COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

Kazakhstan’s Unrest Leaves Behind a Traumatized Society

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 23:08
Overloaded hospitals are struggling amid a coronavirus spike.

Bachelet asks for $400.5 million to support full ‘agenda of rights’

UN News Centre - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 22:27
UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, launched on Wednesday a $400.5 million funding appeal for 2022, urging States and private donors to support her “agenda of rights”.

Americas: ‘Smart’ use of rapid tests critical amid COVID surge

UN News Centre - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 22:19
COVID-19 cases continue to accelerate in the Americas amid increased demand for testing, the head of the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. 

Iran’s Revolution Is Eating Its Own

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 22:10
By purging veteran politicians, abandoning the pretense of free elections, and letting the welfare state decay, Tehran is playing with fire.

General Assembly President urges solidarity, hope, laying out 2022 agenda

UN News Centre - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 20:06
Amid the resurgent COVID pandemic, the President of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, stressed the importance of solidarity and fostering hope, as he outlined his priorities for the remainder of the 76th session.

Palestine-Israel: UN envoy highlights urgent need for reform

UN News Centre - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 18:51
Urgent action is required to prevent further deterioration of the economic, security and political situation across the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the UN’s Middle East envoy, Tor Wennesland, told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

What Financial Markets Are Telling Biden About Geopolitics

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 18:47
As Washington crafts its foreign policy, asset prices may offer important guidance.

UN chief lauds ‘demonstrable effort to make peace’ in Ethiopia

UN News Centre - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 18:27
The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was “delighted” to learn that “a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia is finally underway, according to information relayed to him by the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa. 

How a Plea Bargain for Netanyahu Could Realign Israeli Politics

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 17:59
The terms offered would keep him out of prison but also out of office.

Afghanistan: 500,000 jobs lost since Taliban takeover

UN News Centre - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 17:56
More than half a million people have lost or been pushed out of their jobs in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Has a Moral Responsibility to Prevent Assad’s Normalization

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 17:53
The Syrian leader’s crimes will forever be recalled alongside the world’s worst tyrannical butchers.

How Twitter Failed Africa

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 13:23
Big Tech ignored policies that enable disinformation and propaganda across the continent.

Why Has Biden Stopped Pushing for Arab-Israeli Peace?

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 13:22
Not building on the Abraham Accords has been the biggest missed opportunity of his first year.

Cameroon Hosts Africa Cup of Nations Amid Ongoing Violence

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 13:10
The soccer tournament is being held in the middle of ongoing conflict—and is still fighting for the world’s respect.

Liberal Illusions Caused the Ukraine Crisis

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 11:49
The greatest tragedy about Russia’s potential invasion is how easily it could have been avoided.

How Biden Became a Nationalist by Necessity

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 11:00
What the U.S. president’s first year teaches us about him—and the world.

When Putin Loved NATO

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 09:43
Former NATO Secretary-General George Robertson, who had a cordial relationship with the Russian leader, recalls an era when Moscow wanted closer ties with the West.

Can Blinken Defuse Ukraine Tensions?

Foreign Policy - Wed, 19/01/2022 - 09:31
After prior talks with Moscow resulted in deadlock, Washington is attempting to chart a diplomatic path forward.