The Possibilities and Limitations of Affecting Change Through the United Nations

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to replace outgoing United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, has focused her career on the study of genocide and humanitarian intervention. As an academic, a journalist and an activist, Power holds strong beliefs about human rights and the interventionist influence of the United States. Indeed, it was Power, along with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice, that pressured President Obama to use NATO forces against Muammar Gadhafi in Libya. 

If Power is confirmed, she faces a number of challenges to her humanitarian, interventionist vision. She may find herself debating policy with some of the dictators she has sought to bring down: until Libya's civil war and Gadhafi's death, the dictator's apologists represented Libya at the United Nations.  

Kurt Volker understands the challenges Samantha Power might face. Volker served as the U.S. ambassador to NATO from 2008 to 2009. He's currently the executive director of the McCain Institute. 

Guests:

Kurt Volker

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

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Does this interventionist have any military background while she is for sending soldiers around the world like they are the United Nation's private police force or is that question only for Republicans?

Wasn't the bombing of Libya which led to the Benghazi atrocity unconstitutional since the War Powers Act was violated and Congress was never asked for authorization?
Does the President and other office holders take an oath to defend the US Constitution or the UN Charter?

Jun. 06 2013 09:24 AM

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