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    From Rice to Power at the United Nations

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

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    America and the West Should Invest More in the UN, Not Less

    by  • July 27, 2013 • Development, UN Agencies, US-UN Relations • 
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    PAHO antimalaria campaign, Paraguay

    Institutions of global governance are weak by design not default. As Singapore’s permanent representative in New York, I encountered senior members of the American establishment who lamented the United Nations’ poor condition. The explanation was the domination by the poor and weak states of Africa and Asia and the poor quality of its bureaucrats....

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    The Lethal Effects of Arms on Women

    by  • March 25, 2013 • Gender-Based Violence, Peace and Security, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    Stop rape in conflict event Colombia

    ­ The $100- to $120-billion international arms trade in 2012 intensified the internal conflicts in Colombia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo but also brought guns into homes in these countries, where men turned them against women. That was the message that the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom brought to an...

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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
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    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...

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    Kofi Annan: Lessons in Futility

    by  • October 24, 2012 • BOOKS, Secretary-General, US-UN Relations • 4 Comments
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    Kofi Annan

      Kofi Annan‘s existential crisis during his decade as United Nations secretary-general was without question related to the US-led invasion of Iraq. But the most fascinating part of his new memoir, “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace,” is the account of his numerous attempts to nudge the world toward a Middle East peace...

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    Obama to Tell UN That Washington Values Engagement

    by  • September 21, 2012 • General Assembly, US-UN Relations • 
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    President Barack Obama

    President Barack Obama, criticized in an intense election campaign for not being tough enough with the rest of the world, is expected to tell fellow leaders next week why his administration thinks that cooperative action, not bluster or the flaunting of power, is a better policy for meeting the crises of this century. The...

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    The Unesco-US Relationship: It’s Complicated

    by  • August 20, 2012 • US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 3 Comments
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    Prague's Vlata River.

    When it comes to mysteries, the United States’ decision to rejoin Unesco in 2002 under a Republican administration and after nearly two decades’ absence remains puzzling, but it appears the move can be traced to Hollywood. Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has always borne the brunt of criticism from US politicians....

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    The US-UN Dance Recovers Its Balance

    by  • June 4, 2012 • US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 5 Comments
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    Susan Rice

    CANBERRA — The United Nations is located at the cross-section of Interdependence Avenue and Multilateral Cooperation Street in Manhattan. But its destiny lies at the intersection of Indifference Avenue and Hostility Street in Washington. That was the case, at least, under the George W. Bush administration through the mode of John Bolton, the United...

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