• A. Edward Elmendorf

    About A. Edward Elmendorf

    A. Edward Elmendorf, who lives in Washington, is a former president and chief executive of the United Nations Association of the USA. He is a member of UNA's Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force and spent most of his career, before retiring, at the World Bank.

     

    Jan Eliasson Explains His Role as No. 2 at the UN

    by  • January 19, 2014 • Deputy Secretary-General, Development, Peace and Security • 1 Comment

    Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN

    Jan Eliasson has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, 73, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN mediator [...]

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    A Less Peaceful World, Marginally

    by  • June 25, 2013 • Peace and Security • 

    Afghan children visiting the US

    Over the last year, the world has become a less peaceful place, and although the rate of decline was not tremendous, the deterioration has been steady since 2008, says a new report, the Global Peace Index. The factors behind the negative trend include a rise in the number of internal conflicts, a widening gap in [...]

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    Reasons to Love and Criticize the UN

    by  • November 4, 2012 • BOOKS, US-UN Relations • 

    Minustah in Haiti peacekeepers

    In his new book, “Living With the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order,” Kenneth Anderson forces readers who lean sympathetically toward the United Nations to consider why they support it despite its faults. On the other hand, the acerbic views of Anderson, a law professor at American University, about the UN are deeply colored by his [...]

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    The Human Rights Council Gets More Respect

    by  • September 14, 2012 • BOOKS

    Migrants locked up in a camp in Libya.

    The visibility of human-rights violations by the Syrian government amid the current turmoil owes much to the United Nations, particularly to its Independent International Commission of Inquiry, led by Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, a Brazilian lawyer, public official and professor.  Such commissions are part of a growing number of tools used by the UN to promote [...]

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    George Kennan’s Ambivalence Toward the UN

    by  • February 7, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    George Kennan, the subject of a new biography by tktkt. In the book, Kennan's opinions on the UN are both contradictory and insightful.

    WASHINGTON — As one of the great strategic thinkers, historians and essayists of the cold war era and the author of the doctrine of containment, which informed American foreign policy for most of that period, George F. Kennan had a realist view of the United Nations, driven by national interest. The wide attention and praise [...]

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    In Washington, the Human Rights Council Endures Scrutiny

    by  • November 13, 2011 • Human Rights, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    The Kyrgyzstan delegate at the General Assembly submits her ballot for Human Rights Council elections this spring.  The council was scrutinized in Washington in October to favorable and critical views.  DEVRA BERKOWITZ/UN PHOTO

    WASHINGTON — The United Nations Human Rights Council is attracting more attention here by both supporters and critics in the government and beyond. Some of the council’s defenders and naysayers, speaking at various Washington venues last month, ultimately expressed the same goal: to see the rights body improve. The council’s action last winter recommending that [...]

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