• US Foreign Relations

    Ambassador Haley’s Delusions of Grandeur

    by  • September 12, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    There’s a rumor going around that Donald Trump is a master diplomat, a whiz at foreign affairs whose America First policies have taken the world by storm and won widespread admiration for his leadership skills. Check out the recent New York Post column by a Fox News analyst, Ralph Peters, claiming that the president’s foreign policy...

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    Kashmir’s Long Tragedy Rears Its Head in the News and at the UN

    by  • September 5, 2018 • Asia, General Assembly, Geopolitics, Security Council, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    In his final months in office as United Nations high commissioner for human rights, the outspoken Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein did what no former holder of that office would or could do: he issued a blistering report on Indian abuses in the disputed territory of Kashmir. It is a story that Indian governments have long...

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    Washington’s Main Priority in the UN Security Council: Iran

    by  • September 4, 2018 • Security Council Presidency, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    Welcome back to our monthly column, Security Council Presidency, providing insight into the United Nations Security Council member sitting in the rotating seat of the president every month. The column began in July, when Sweden was president, led by the country’s ambassador to the UN, Olof Skoog. We interviewed Karen Pierce, the British ambassador,...

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    Can Jane Holl Lute, a New UN Envoy, Work a Miracle on Cyprus?

    by  • August 21, 2018 • Nikki Haley Watch, Security Council, UN Peacekeeping, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    The newest person to venture into kick-starting talks between the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots on the long-divided island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean is Jane Holl Lute. She is an American with a military and national-security background who has been assigned the task by the United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres. Since the...

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    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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    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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