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Future of U.S. relationship with UN in Doubt

by Stewart M. Patrick
December 28, 2016

Antonio Guterres, then high commissioner for refugees, pauses during a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on December 7, 2015. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

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Among the many foreign policy uncertainties created by Donald Trump’s election, there is one prediction we can take to the bank: The United Nations is going to get hammered. An unapologetic nationalist is bound for the White House, Republicans are in control of both houses of Congress—and the world body is in their crosshairs.

Last week’s Security Council vote to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank—a resolution on which the Obama administration controversially abstained—has enraged GOP legislators. The President-elect has also lashed out, tweeting, “The United Nations has such great potential. But right now it is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. Sad!” Secretary of State John Kerry’s tried today to defend US diplomacy at the UN, but Republicans on Capitol Hill are determined to pass legislation condemning the Council.

Read the full op-ed here.

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  • Posted by Savannah

    We should expect a change in the UN activity! US will be left out?

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