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    From Rice to Power at the United Nations

    by  • August 1, 2013 • Human Rights, Security Council, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Samantha Power

    President Obama’s choice of Samantha Power to become the next United States ambassador to the United Nations and her recent confirmation by the Senate sends a strong, positive signal to all human-rights defenders. “As one of our country’s leading foreign policy thinkers, Samantha knows that our nation’s interests are advanced with strong and principled American [...]

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    Susan Rice Leaves the UN as Samantha Power Is to Be Nominated

    by  • June 5, 2013 • GOINGS-ON • 

    Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN

    Susan E. Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, will become the country’s national security adviser, replacing Tom Donilon, 58, who has resigned, as expected. Rice’s new position will not require approval from the Senate. Obama will announce that Samantha Power, 42, is to be nominated [...]

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    The Masterminds Behind Security Council Resolutions

    by  • March 14, 2013 • Africa, Peace and Security, Security Council, US-UN Relations • 7 Comments

    Security Council Meeting on the situation in Cyprus

    The United Nations Security Council bases its resolutions on agenda items as varied as the renewal of a peacekeeping force mandate in Haiti to responding to a missile launching in North Korea. With resolutions’ language often dense legalese that recalls, recognizes, emphasizes, demands and, at times, condemns and deplores the issue at hand, the style [...]

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    Mary Robinson, New UN Special Envoy for Central Africa?

    by  • March 13, 2013 • Africa, GOINGS-ON, Peace and Security • 4 Comments

    Mary Robinson of The Elders

    Mary Robinson, a former president of Ireland, United Nations high commissioner for human rights and philanthropist, is said to be the main candidate for the new United Nations special envoy post for the Great Lakes region in central Africa. The area generally covers Burundi, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and some parts [...]

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    Guatemala’s Role on the Security Council, as Viewed by Its Ambassador

    by  • March 5, 2013 • ICC, Security Council, UN Diplomats • 3 Comments

    Gert Rosenthal, Guatemala's ambassador to the UN

    Gert Rosenthal does not sound like a Spanish name, but the mother of Rosenthal, the Guatemalan ambassador to the United Nations, was born there and his father was German. To complicate matters, “a little accident happened,” he said, as his parents, Florence and Ludwig, left Germany in the 1930s, and Rosenthal was born in Amsterdam. [...]

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    Susan Rice, US Ambassador to the UN, to Stay Put for Now

    by  • December 13, 2012 • US-UN Relations • 

    Susan Rice, US ambassador to the UN

    President Obama announced that Susan Rice, US ambassador to the United Nations, has asked to have her name removed from consideration for US secretary of state. Hillary Clinton, who holds the position now, said she was leaving the post in 2013. “For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate [...]

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    Palestinians Cheer New Status at the United Nations

    by  • November 30, 2012 • General Assembly, Middle East, US-UN Relations • 

    43rd plenary meeting of the General Assembly67th session: Question of Palestine

    The General Assembly voted to elevate the Palestinian territories‘ status at the United Nations to nonmember observer state from nonmember observer entity, which it has held since 1974. The vote, occurring late afternoon on Nov. 29 in a packed Assembly Hall, was preceded by several speeches, including one by Mahmoud Abbas, the chairman of the [...]

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    Five New Security Council Members, Many New Agendas

    by  • November 3, 2012 • Security Council • 1 Comment

    UN General Assembly elects nonpermanent Security Council members

    As the five newly elected United Nations Security Council members prep for their seats, what will their work look like when they take office Jan. 1 for two years? It’s impossible to predict how the winners – Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and Rwanda – will fill their nonpermanent seats among Britain, China, France, Russia [...]

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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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    Tough Love Time for the UN

    by  • September 3, 2012 • Secretary-General, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    A woman wades through flood waters as she works to save her possessions from her flooded home. Tropical storm Isaac passed across Haiti overnight with high winds and heavy rains, flooding low lying areas of the capital Port au Prince and flattening camps for displaced people from the January 2010 earthquake. Photo Logan Abassi UN/MINUSTAH

    Even though Ban Ki-moon just began his second five-year term this year as United Nations secretary-general, names are already surfacing as to his possible replacement when his term is up. Technically, Ban could be appointed a third term, but no secretary-general so far has held three. Most UN academic experts who were surveyed for a [...]

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