In Depth

Here you will find investigative stories drawing on data, insight and analysis to shed light on behind-the-scenes social, economic, political or cultural trends.

Myanmar’s foreign arms trade fuels abuses

U.N.-sponsored human rights investigators reported Myanmar relied on its arms trade with seven nations to fund a military campaign against Rohingyas.

U.N. confirms Iran breaches nuclear deal

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency confirmed Tehran breached a stockpile limit for low-level enriched uranium under the 2015 nuclear deal.

WMO: Climate services lag in most nations

Just 15 percent of the Paris climate treaty’s 195 signing countries are setting up a national information framework needed to fulfill the 2015 accord.

Humans accelerate 1 million species losses

Human actions are causing Earth’s natural life support systems to reach a breaking point, threatening 1 million plant and animal species with extinction.

Protection areas for night skies multiply

Efforts among international organizations to fend off “light pollution” in pristine night skies have blossomed into a veritable dark sky movement.

Sanctions dispute ends Trump-Kim talks

With talks deadlocked between Washington and Pyongyang, the sticking point is nine U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions in a dozen years.

Big pharma stands behind universal health

The idea that everyone should have affordable, quality health services is backed by international organizations, including the global pharmaceutical industry.

World Bank turnover tests politics of aid

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s surprise departure sets up an unexpected test for an international organization at the crux of international development.

Global health at risk as climate talks open

Propelled by an environmental U.N. chief and nearly all G-20 nations, global climate talks are launching and the public health stakes could not be higher.

U.N. led 76 investigations in past 55 years

Amid calls for the U.N. chief to demand a probe of Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, a review by Arete News found just eight previous instances of such an order.

Fear discourages most U.N. whistleblowing

An independent review found nearly half of the U.N.’s staff saw misconduct or wrongdoing in the past five years, but most were too afraid to report it.

Election meddling versus voting assistance

Russians and Americans have a history of election meddling but they are not equivalent, international organizations and democracy proponents say.

Iran nuclear deal widens U.S.-Europe rift

Iran’s economic opening to the West in exchange for curbs on its nuclear ambitions now depends on its European, Russian and Chinese trading partners.

Trump trade war erodes anti-poverty goals

Trade wars and tensions sparked by U.S. tariffs against China, the E.U. and others undermine the work of international organizations fighting poverty.

North Korea’s hidden avenues to the world

A peace treaty and nuclear disarmament on the Korean Peninsula would expand North Korea’s little-known involvement with international organizations.