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On 19 May, when G7 leaders gather in Japan, Russia’s war in Ukraine will be high on their agenda, as will China’s posture in the Asia Pacific. But several other pressing matters need their attention as well.
A lot of [the] time now, the U.N.’s role has been reduced to geopolitical ambulance-chasing.
The UN has to be cautious. I think, when it comes to specific policy issues like peacekeeping [in Ukraine].
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