For as long as there have been countries, there has been diplomacy; nearly 4,000 years ago the Shang dynasty of China contended with its neighbors through war and trade. In today's complex and shrinking world, international relations are as important as ever. Find information on the United Nations, other international organizations, embassies, U.S. diplomatic milestones, ongoing conflicts, and more.
The United Nations
Since the end of World War II, the United Nations has been the main stage for global diplomacy. There are only nine countries in the world not represented in the UN (all of disputed status). Learn about the organization's history, its members, and its activities in mediating global issues.
Since the turn of the twentieth century, the United States has grown into one of the farthest reaching countries on Earth. The U.S. maintains active diplomatic relationships with nearly every country on earth, and is a contributing member of many global organizations. Read more about U.S. diplomacy in the past and today.
Other International Organizations
In addition to the UN, numerous international and public organizations help coordinate the flow of people and resources around the world. These groups provide medical aid, advocate for human rights, develop infrastructure, and more. Learn more about some of these valuable global groups.
International Crises and Conflicts
From the Delian League of ancient Greece, to the coalitions against Napoleon, to the United Nations, many of history's most important diplomatic actions have come in response to conflict and tragedy. Learn more about some of the incidents that have shaped—and continue to shape—the world's political landscape.
- Worldwide Conflicts and Wars
- Most and Least Livable Countries: UN Human Development Index
- Top 10 Underreported Humanitarian Stories
- The UN's List of “Stories the World Should Hear More About”
- Encyclopedia: United Nations
- Encyclopedia: International Affairs: Diplomacy
- Encyclopedia: International Organizations
- Encyclopedia: International Law
- World, Country, and State Maps