• Irwin Arieff

    About Irwin Arieff

    Irwin Arieff is a veteran writer and editor with extensive experience writing about international diplomacy and food, cooking and restaurants. Before leaving daily journalism in 2007, he was a Reuters correspondent for 23 years, serving in senior posts in Washington, Paris and New York as well as at the United Nations. He also wrote restaurant reviews for The Washington Post and Washington City Paper in the 1980s and 1990s with his wife, Deborah Baldwin.

    No Winners in Washington’s Human-Rights Blame Game

    by  • July 3, 2018 • Human Rights, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    It’s a poor workman who blames his tools, a popular French proverb cautions. But that’s just what Ambassador Nikki Haley has been doing in trying to justify Washington’s exit from the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council. Haley has looked long and hard in her scramble to identify the villains responsible for Washington’s exit....

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    Nikki Haley’s Twists and Turns, Leading Down a Path to Nowhere

    by  • May 13, 2018 • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations • 

    Nikki Haley is the most popular member of Donald Trump’s national security team, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, which found that 63 percent of voters approve of the job she is doing as United States ambassador to the United Nations. Just 17 percent disapprove. (Only 39 percent approved of Trump’s performance, the...

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    Speaking Loudly Even While Wielding the Big Stick

    by  • April 15, 2018 • Disarmament, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, Peace and Security, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Whatever else came out of the latest American-led strikes on Syrian chemical weapon sites, it put on display rare signs of diplomatic skill on the part of the Trump administration, even if those signs first surfaced at the Pentagon rather than at the White House, the United Nations or Washington’s rudderless Department of State....

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    Will Trump’s Musical Chairs Leave Nikki Haley Without a Seat?

    by  • March 23, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Nikki Haley insisted all along that she had no desire to become Donald Trump’s secretary of state. But with Mike Pompeo, the CIA director, in line to succeed Rex Tillerson as the State Department’s top dog, Haley may soon find that her thinking was a big mistake. Haley asked Trump right from the start...

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    A Useful Mideast Peace Plan? Don’t Hold Your Breath

    by  • March 7, 2018 • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council • 2 Comments

    Nikki Haley is appealing to the Palestinian people for “negotiation and compromise” in search of Middle East peace, denying that Washington is biased against them even as she warns their leaders that holding out will “lead to nothing but hardship.” But the latest pitch for Palestinian engagement by Haley, the United States ambassador to...

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    Trump and Haley, Desperately Seeking Retribution

    by  • December 21, 2017 • General Assembly, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nikki Haley Watch • 1 Comment

    Unable to win converts with fake facts, Nikki Haley has turned to threats to persuade her fellow United Nations diplomats to support her boss’s incendiary foreign policy. Haley tested this novel approach to counter a General Assembly vote on Dec. 21 aimed at pressuring President Trump, the fellow who appointed her as his UN...

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    Will the Real Nikki Haley Please Stand Up?

    by  • December 14, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    Nikki Haley must have raised eyebrows at the White House with her bold off-the-cuff defense of the women complaining that Donald Trump sexually abused them before the election. “ny woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” Haley said on the CBS talk show...

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    Dear Ambassador Haley: Diplomacy Is a Team Sport

    by  • November 7, 2017 • Africa, Nikki Haley Watch, Refugees, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    When working on sticky world problems, should the United States use the United Nations as a forum to try to drum up global support for its policies, reasoning that it gains strength by linking its interests to as many other countries as possible? Or should it stand alone in a blind embrace of President...

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    With Bombs and Stability at Stake, Nikki Haley Bets on Trump

    by  • October 19, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    When you’re a reality TV star running for president who likes to talk tough and you know nothing about foreign policy, maybe it makes sense to repeatedly attack the Iran nuclear agreement as “the worst deal ever” and to pledge to kill it if you ever get the chance. If you end up getting...

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    On Iran Nuclear Deal, Haley’s Dark Side Beckons

    by  • September 3, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, Security Council • 

    Donald Trump will have his third chance this October to weigh in on Iranian compliance with the international nuclear agreement reached by Tehran in 2015 with the United States and five other world powers. The United States Congress requires the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is observing the pact’s terms, and...

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    North Korea and the UN: Agony and Ecstasy

    by  • August 14, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Nuclear Disarmament, Peace and Security, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    If you are reading this, it must mean we have not been annihilated by a nuclear war between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Not that Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the United Nations, will be able to take much credit — not because she didn’t try but because...

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    A Hint on Confronting Islamist Power. Or Maybe Not.

    by  • October 7, 2017 • BOOKS, Libya, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, US Foreign Relations • 

    Will it never end? When will time run out on the array of shape-shifting militant Islamist movements intent on moving into shaky trouble spots around the world to impose their extreme ideology, harness the population and hijack the local economy? How long will it take for the international community — the ubiquitous West —...

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    Peak Thai, a UN Neighborhood Star

    by  • June 2, 2017 • UN EATS • 

    Peak Thai is hidden on a side street — East 49th — and easy to miss. It may never win a Michelin star. But there’s a reason lines form around noon: you can count on this quiet, efficiently run restaurant for solid cooking and pocket-friendly prices. These days, that’s no small thing. It is...

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    Jerusalem Has Always Been a Contested City

    by  • March 7, 2017 • Geopolitics, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The long-simmering dispute over the fate of Jerusalem stands at the center of the Middle East conflict. Israelis and Palestinians, divided on many points, become most emotional when discussing the future of the walled, ancient crossroads city that is holy to three world religions. So international diplomats took notice when foreign policy neophyte Donald...

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    Seeking a Path for Jerusalem: A Chronology

    by  • March 7, 2017 • Geopolitics, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, US Foreign Relations • 

    Here is a brief political history of Jerusalem, in timeline format, dating from the earliest human settlement to the present. The chronology is selective, focusing primarily on the development of competing visions over the years of the ancient city’s past and future. The timeline accompanies a separate article, “Jerusalem’s Fate: Myth Versus Reality,” by...

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    Educators on the UN Denounce Trump’s Crackdown on Refugees

    by  • January 28, 2017 • Education, Human Rights, Middle East, Migration, Refugees, Syria, US Foreign Relations • 

    More than 700 educators and students, meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York recently, called on the international community to protect refugees’ lives, encourage countries to take in “large numbers of refugees and migrants” and do more to ensure they get an education and are protected from sexual and gender-based violence. Acting as...

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