The following regions and issues are among those critical to both short- and long-term US interests. They should draw greater US attention and diplomatic efforts.
Today, over 805 million people around the world still suffer from hunger. Poorest populations have limited access to food and resources, with conflicts hindering food production. But world hunger can be eradicated.
Today's wars are setting near records in refugees, need for aid money – and aid workers killed. Bringing peace requires more than arms or diplomacy. It needs more compassion toward the displaced.
Even as reports show a global rise in restrictions on religion, those of faith are defending those of other faiths. This helps confirm why freedom of religion is a universal right.
The genocide in Rwanda was an emblematic failure of the international community. The world has since made important strides in acting on those lessons, but this work still faces setbacks. The international community cannot claim to care about atrocity crimes and then shrink from the commitment required to prevent them – whether in the Central African Republic or Syria.
A spirit of nihilism in Nigeria's north country ramps up even as corruption in the capitol seems more pronounced and problematic.
For the most part, Africans used to get along with gays and homosexuals even if they might not agree with the behavior. Then came 2013 and widespread retribution.
Moral concerns appear to have outweighed public disapproval of the deployment in the national assembly's vote Tuesday.