The United Nations was founded in 1945 to provide a venue for global dialogue and problem-solving among nations. A general assembly meets in New York once per year to deliberate issues, while a 15-member Security Council—with the United States as one of five permanent members—can issue decisions that member nations have agreed to carry out.
Hamster in a wheel: Will the U.N. special session on drugs actually change anything?
April 26, 2016, Arturo Sarukhan
Last week’s U.N. Special Session on the world drug problem is unlikely to overturn the existing international drug policy paradigm, argues Arturo Sarukhan, in large part because of the contradictions between U.S. domestic policy on marijuana and its international policy, and because of new drug warriors in Asia and Africa.
October 16, 2015, Bruce Jones
Book Chapter | United Nations University
June 4, 2015, Vanda Felbab-Brown
May 29, 2015, Elizabeth Ferris and Sarah Deardorff Miller
Article | Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
May 22, 2015, Lynn Kuok
May 2015, Lynn Kuok
April 2015, Vanda Felbab-Brown and Harold Trinkunas
Book Chapter | U.S. Institute of Peace Press
January 2015, Bruce Jones
Article | Americas Quarterly
Winter 2015, Harold Trinkunas
February 2015, Homi Kharas and John McArthur
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