China's presence in Africa continues to grow with its first military base in Djibouti. It wants to be a friend to Africa positioning itself as a global power while looking after its own interests.
As unity talks begin, history tells us the divisions in Cyprus are not simply the result of two competing nationalisms.
By not acknowledging what Haitians themselves think they need, the UN is failing to sort out one of its worst ever blunders.
A former US diplomat explains why some programs may make sense to cut, while others are crucial to America's moral standing.
Cutting off funds for crucial UN bodies could have disastrous consequences for the world order.
Leaders in Davos are being asked to consider how global cooperation could be reinvigorated. They could do worse than start with UN reforms.
Even the UN Security Council's most stubborn members have committed to defending South Sudan's residents against violence.
Africa should focus on the feasible reforms of the UN and de-emphasise its demand for improved representation on the Security Council voting reforms, given the complex politics around these issues.
The violence and instability that wracks South Sudan is profoundly gendered.
It has long been known that UN forces brought disease to the country in the aftermath of an earthquake, but how can amends be made?
The competition between the two authoritarian regimes has become a fact that, given the regional context, is here to last. It justifies repression and indefinitely postpones democratic expression.