A Marriage of Inconvenience: The US and the UN

A Marriage of Inconvenience: The US and the UN

America’s high hopes for the United Nations have been tempered by frequent frustration. The UN can be inefficient and bureaucratic, and it doesn’t always follow the will of the United States. And yet, for better or worse, the two continue to work together. 

Guests on this program include:

    •    Kristen Silverberg, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
    •    Alberto Fernandez, US Charge d’Affairs for Sudan
    •    Jane Holl Lute, Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping
    •    Deborah Derrick, Executive Director of the Better World Campaign
    •    Jan Eliasson, UN Special Envoy for Darfur
    •    Dr. Ed Luck, Vice President and Director of Studies at the International Peace Academy
    •    James Baker, former Secretary of State
    •    Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Adviser
    •    Thomas Pickering, former US Ambassador to the UN
    •    Dennis Ross, former Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff
    •    John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the UN
    •    Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, first president of the Human Rights Council and permanent representative of Mexico to the UN in Geneva
    •    Itzhak Levanon, Israeli Ambassador to the UN in Geneva
    •    Martin Scheinen, UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur
    •   Andrew Clapham, Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva

Segment 1

Ray Suarez examines the challenges faced by a new UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Segment 2

Deborah Amos traces the history of the US and the UN with Dr. Edward Luck of the International Peace Academy and see why this “marriage of inconvenience” is necessary.

Segment 3

Deborah Amos gains insight into the US diplomatic efforts to get UN support for the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Segment 4

Ray Suarez reports on the UN Human Rights Council, one of the United Nations’ most respected commissions. With the inclusion of countries accused of human rights abuses, the US continues to boycott the UNHRC. We talk with the former US Ambassador to the UN, as well as other UN Human Rights representatives from around the world for their take on the US boycott of the Council.