Bold or Not, Next U.N. Secretary-General Faces World of Pain

Earlier this month a campaign was launched to overturn the “outdated and opaque” process for selecting the U.N. secretary-general. But with global divisions threatening the organization’s ability to improve international cooperation, it’s questionable how much impact the post can really have.

Diplomatic Fallout

U.N.’s Syria Cease-Fire Plan a Risky Gamble, but Worth It

By Richard Gowan
, , Column

Is the U.N. heading for another diplomatic humiliation in Syria? A proposal for a series of local cease-fires between the government and some rebel groups, beginning in Aleppo, has received some slight encouragement from the Syrian regime and a great deal of criticism from outside observers. more

World Citizen

Houthi Rise in Yemen Puts Saudi Arabia, Iran on Crash Course

By Frida Ghitis
, , Column

One look at a map shows why Yemen has the potential to create serious problems not just for its neighbors but also for the global economy. The country’s troubles have escaped the spotlight mostly because the troubles elsewhere in the region look more acute. That, however, is likely to change. more

Global Insider

Water Management a Keystone of Dutch Foreign Policy

By The Editors
, , Trend Lines

In September, the Netherlands offered help to Pakistan after a breached dike forced over 700,000 people to flee their homes. In an email interview, Mariska Heijs, training and research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael,” discussed Dutch water management diplomacy. more