• US Foreign Relations

    The US and Iran: Playing With Fire

    by  • August 13, 2018 • P5 Monitor, Security Council, US Foreign Relations • 

    With the recent reimposition of its sanctions against Iran, the United States is clearly violating its obligations under the United Nations resolution that endorsed the Iran nuclear agreement. While the Security Council has taken note and Iran has formally responded, urging the UN “to keep the United States accountable,” no party to the agreement...

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    Nikki Haley, Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt

    by  • August 6, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    It can be upsetting to see government officials, as they so often do, report vast new wealth on their annual financial disclosure forms shortly after taking a new government job. What enabled them to take in all that money just after starting a new career? Well, we can relax as far as Nikki Haley,...

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    Haley’s Midterm Report Card at the UN

    by  • August 2, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    The Trump administration has been in office 559 days and counting. Nikki Haley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina and now the American ambassador to the United Nations, has been in office since Jan. 25, 2017. Since her nomination, Haley has undergone two Congressional hearings, the first in January 2017 with the Senate...

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    Rohingya Refugees Look to Washington and Find a Vacuum

    by  • July 30, 2018 • Asia, Geopolitics, Refugees, US Foreign Relations • 

    This August marks a year since a military crackdown forced at least 700,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh, joining hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who had already taken refuge there, totaling 1.1 million people encamped in Cox’s Bazar, according to a Bangladesh count done this July. But you would never know from the...

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    Richard Falk on Palestine, Israel and the UN in the Trump Age

    by  • July 24, 2018 • Geopolitics, Human Rights, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Secretary-General, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Richard Falk is a well-known American academic and writer who from 2008 until 2014 was the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Palestine since 1967, a post that invariably invites controversy. For Falk, who has never been shy of taking provocative stances, the work compelled him to declare, among other things, that...

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    Pompeo’s Visit to the UN Caps a Week of Dizzying Global Politics

    by  • July 20, 2018 • Geopolitics, Human Rights, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Capping a week of neck-wrenching U-turns by the president of the United States after his pro-Russia speech in Helsinki on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the 15-member United Nations Security Council in New York on July 20 — to discuss North Korea. Pompeo and Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the...

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    Washington to UN Refugee Agency: If You Want Our Money, Put Our Name on It

    by  • July 10, 2018 • Geopolitics, Humanitarian Aid, Refugees, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    The United States is the biggest donor to the UN Refugee Agency, and the Trump administration wants the world to know it. A new framework, or agreement, signed by the State Department and the refugee agency (UNHCR) requires it to acknowledge US contributions in most — and eventually all — of its public-information materials....

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    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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    Trump’s Nominee Lost the UN Migration Agency Vote. Is It a Signal?

    by  • July 2, 2018 • Geopolitics, Migration, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    The unexpected, decisive rejection of the Trump administration’s candidate to head the premier United Nations agency for resettling refugees and other migrants appears to be a warning. Which is that other nations are not prepared to indefinitely defer to the power of the United States when human rights and democratic values are assaulted by...

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    In Hodeidah, the Norwegian Refugee Council Hangs On to Save Yemenis

    by  • June 20, 2018 • Geopolitics, Middle East, Secretary-General, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    As the attack on Hodeidah, a major port in western Yemen on the Red Sea, moves into its second week, led by the coalition of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the rest of the world seems to be sitting and watching the destruction. The Norwegian Refugee Council, an independent nongovernmental organization, has...

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    As Expected, the US Quits the UN Human Rights Council

    by  • June 19, 2018 • Human Rights, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    In a long-expected decision, the United States announced it was withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, the world body’s primary organ for promoting and protecting the rights of people worldwide. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, delivered comments on June 19 in the...

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    The Perils of Kim-Trump Diplomacy on the UN Security Council

    by  • June 10, 2018 • Nuclear Disarmament, P5 Monitor, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Could the Kim-Trump meeting in Singapore on Tuesday displace the United Nations Security Council’s mandate to regulate the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as the United States succeeded in doing when it withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal? Chances of abolishing the UN sanctions regime on North Korea without the Council having the...

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    Oh, Yes, France Is a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council Too

    by  • June 9, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The last few weeks have been rough for Nikki Haley, the ambassador of the United States to the United Nations. On June 1, she led the US delegation in submitting a draft Security Council resolution condemning the militant group Hamas for its perceived role in inciting violence by Gazans against Israel. Only the US...

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    With Trump’s Human-Rights Policies, Religious ‘Values’ Take Priority

    by  • June 7, 2018 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Cubans waiting to be served food during the country's annual celebration of its revolution.

    For almost three centuries, through street protests, court battles and a civil war, the United States has sporadically but steadily advanced and expanded human-rights protections and commitments in domestic and foreign policies. Now Donald Trump and the most conservative, ideologically driven officials on his team want to turn back this record in fundamental ways,...

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    To Help the World Sleep Better, Salvage the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

    by  • May 25, 2018 • Nuclear Disarmament, US Foreign Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    If United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo follows through with his threat to impose “the strongest sanctions in history” on Iran, the United States should be prepared for Iran to retaliate by withdrawing from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Last month, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security...

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    The Sanctions War Heats Up: US vs. the World

    by  • May 22, 2018 • Middle East, Nuclear Disarmament, P5 Monitor, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    Mike Pompeo, in his first speech as Donald Trump’s new secretary of state, threatened United States’ allies: “You should know that we will hold those doing prohibited business in Iran to account.” Pompeo, speaking at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on May 21, is actually pitting the US against the United Nations,...

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    In Year 2 of Trump Presidency, the US Is Still Eroding Both the UN and Women’s Rights

    by  • May 21, 2018 • Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Middle East, Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    After a year of bombast and threats by Ambassador Nikki Haley and the ever-evolving Donald Trump administration, the tone appears to be turned down a few notches in the second year of the Trump presidency. But efforts to undermine the United Nations and what it stands for have not stopped, at least for now,...

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    John Bolton Cracks the Whip on the UN Mission in Western Sahara

    by  • May 15, 2018 • Africa, Geopolitics, Middle East, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 1 Comment

    The message was blunt and judgmental as the United States delivered its ultimatum on the future of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara: “MINURSO is a peacekeeping mission that should have finished its job a long time ago. This is a mission that began 27 years ago almost to the day. This was...

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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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