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Colum Lynch

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Past articles by Colum:

Moscow Strikes Back at Countries That Cross It

Russia seeks diplomatic payback at the United Nations and other forums against countries that have denounced its invasion of Ukraine. → Read More

Russia Flounders in Ukraine but Doubles Down in Mali

Russian mercenaries fill Mali vacuum as European powers pursue an exit. → Read More

Russia’s ‘Eleventh-Hour’ Interference in the Iran Deal

Moscow is seeking to use the Iran deal to shield itself from the full effect of Western sanctions. → Read More

Are Russian Diplomats Lying or Just Clueless?

Russian diplomats take flak misleading the world on Putin’s plans for Ukraine. → Read More

U.N. Pressures Biden Against Adding Yemen’s Houthi Rebels to Terrorist Blacklist

A return to sanctions would only worsen a humanitarian catastrophe, experts warn. → Read More

Inside the U.S.-Russia Deal that Eases Pressure on Assad

Is it a necessary concession for humanitarian reasons, or part of a trend toward normalization? → Read More

Biden Plans U.N. Showdown if Russia Invades Ukraine

There’s lots of history at the Security Council, but few changes. → Read More

The Lost Boys Weren’t Lost. They Were Stolen.

A new book details how South Sudan’s founders forcibly conscripted tens of thousands of children. → Read More

The Problem With Sanctions

From the White House to Turtle Bay, sanctions have never been more popular. But why are they so hard to make work? → Read More

A Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Iran Deal

The eighth round of nuclear talks kicks off this week in Vienna, with U.S. officials saying Iran has only weeks to play ball. → Read More

‘It Was Like Having the Chinese Government in the Room With Us’

China’s method for blocking sanctions regimes. → Read More

UNGA: North Korea Diplomacy Has Stalled at the United Nations

World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations. → Read More

U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N.

The informal deal offers common ground with Beijing and a blow to Myanmar’s hopes of legitimacy. → Read More

Afghanistan Withdrawal: China, Russia Move to Outflank U.S. With Taliban

Meanwhile, Pakistan urges Washington to pump the breaks on sanctioning the Taliban. → Read More

Ben & Jerry's gets flak from Israeli and Palestinian advocates after decision to halt sale of ice cream in occuped Palestinian territories

Inside the dueling campaigns using Ben & Jerry’s to move U.S. sentiment on Israel. → Read More

U.N. Official Resigns, Citing Bureaucracy and Inadequate Rights for Terrorism Suspects

Chief advocate for alleged terrorists sanctioned by the United Nations announces his resignation citing red tape, rule-of-law issues. → Read More

U.N. Security Council Extends Mandate for Syria-Turkey Aid Crossing

But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians. → Read More

Washington Scrambles France’s Mali Exit Strategy

Paris wants out of the quagmire. Biden’s not offering any lifelines. → Read More

The Glitch That Ruined Blinken’s ASEAN Debut

The top U.S. diplomat’s first meeting with Southeast Asian ministers was thwarted for a very relatable reason. → Read More

U.N. Efforts to Hire More Female Economists Could Include Dropping Ph.D. Requirements

Female economists are rising to the top—everywhere but the U.N. → Read More