• Thomas Pickering

    Is Nikki Haley Using the UN as a Political Ladder? Could Be

    by  • August 2, 2017 • Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The uncanny success of Nikki Haley in becoming the most public and quotable voice on President Trump’s foreign-policy team, combined with the telegenic United Nations ambassador’s apparent disinterest in the nuts and bolts of how it actually works, has piqued speculation among New York’s busy diplomats and idle diplomat-watchers alike: what is Haley’s game...

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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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    Try a More Balanced Approach to Iran, Report Advises

    by  • April 18, 2013 • Asia, Peace and Security • 

    Isfahan market in Iran

    WASHINGTON — If the term “track two” sounds like an announcement at Grand Central Terminal in New York, it has an altogether different meaning farther east at United Nations headquarters. Diplomats there suspect they’re hearing “track two” talks; that is, informal talks aimed at resolving problems, although the talks neither involve them nor any other...

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    Tough Love Time for the UN

    by  • September 3, 2012 • Secretary-General, US-UN Relations • 2 Comments

    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...

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