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World leaders listen to President Trump speak at the General Assembly. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Why Trump’s tirades are losing their potency

President Trump's fiery speech at the United Nations received a mostly subdued response from world leaders and others. Is there a risk we're becoming complacent?
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Global compact on migration should focus on harnessing its win-win benefits

In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly. He never went home for a month afterwards. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Power battles keep Malawians guessing why their president disappeared

One needs to understand Malawian politics to appreciate the bizarre episode in which a state president was unaccounted for a month, leaving a nation rudderless and puzzled.
The new secretary general of the United Nations should drive substantive reforms, particularly accountability of the international body. Shutterstock

What Africa should demand from the next United Nations secretary general

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.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has courageously pursued an enquiry into the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Speaking truth to power: The killing of Dag Hammarskjöld and the cover-up

Fifty five years and many inquiries later, the search continues for the truth about the cause of the plane crash in which the UN secretary general and 15 others were killed

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