• UN Diplomats

    Vitaly Churkin, 64, Russia’s Longtime Ambassador to the UN, Dies Suddenly

    by  • February 20, 2017 • Security Council, UN Diplomats • 

    Vitaly Churkin, 64, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations since April 8, 2006, died, apparently of a heart attack, on Feb. 20. A statement from the Russian mission to the UN said Churkin “died suddenly.” It noted: “A prominent Russian diplomat has passed away while at work. We’d like to express our sincere condolences...

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    Russian Spies Left Out in the Cold? New Details of the Country’s Oyster Bay Estate

    by  • January 10, 2017 • Security Council, UN Diplomats, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    UPPER BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — Not long after the United States abruptly ordered all Russians to leave an estate that Moscow owns in Upper Brookville, Long Island, the village was recovering from the whirlwind that swept through it right before New Year’s Eve. As to who was there and what they were exactly doing remains...

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    Less Politics and More Transparency: What New Leadership Will Mean for the UN

    by  • July 6, 2016 • General Assembly, Secretary-General, UN Diplomats • 

    In a year when people who follow the United Nations are focusing on the election of the next secretary-general, the center of early action in that election has moved for the first time in history from the secretive deliberations of the Security Council to an unprecedented open campaign in the General Assembly, which normally...

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    A Task for the Next UN Secretary-General: Review the Special Envoy System

    by  • February 23, 2016 • Secretary-General, UN Diplomats, UN Special Envoys • 

    When a tough independent report sharply criticized the United Nations in December for its bungled attempts to cover up, or at least ignore, the sexual abuse of children by peacekeeping troops in the Central African Republic in recent years, it named among the people responsible for letting the children down Leila Zerrougui, Secretary-General Ban...

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    Where’s Samantha Power? Her Rare Appearances Rankle the Press Corps at the UN

    by  • May 8, 2015 • Security Council, UN Diplomats, UN-NY Relations, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Samantha Power, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has made herself scarce in answering direct, spontaneous questions from the press corps based at the UN, to the chagrin of many reporters. The press corps is international by nature and not affiliated with the UN but housed in UN headquarters, where reporters can...

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    Diplomacy: An Insider’s Guide

    by  • March 21, 2013 • BOOKS, UN Diplomats • 1 Comment

    Kosovar refugee

    International crises are not always resolved on the battlefield or at the negotiating table. Sometimes breakthroughs come around a table at a restaurant that is continents away. Or they fall in place because of a thoughtful gesture made by an important player at a cemetery years before. This is one of the lessons of...

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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...

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    Three Diplomats Talk, Unscripted

    by  • May 28, 2012 • UN Diplomats • 1 Comment

    UN slavery exhibition

    Three diplomats, from the United Nations missions of Jamaica, Pakistan and Uganda, were interviewed this spring by CUNY Graduate School of Journalism students. The diplomats focused on topics relevant to their countries and regions and spoke unscripted. The Ugandan ambassador responded to the video about Joseph Kony, the leader of the  brutal Lord’s Resistance...

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