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Title Enhancing U.S. leadership at the United Nations : report of an independent task force cosponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and Freedom House / David Dreier and Lee H. Hamilton, co-chairs ; Lee Feinstein and Adrian Karatnycky, project co-directors.

Published New York : Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2002.


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 UniM Bail  327.730904 ENHA    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 73 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents New Opportunities and New Challenges for U.S. Leadership at the United Nations 13 -- Strategy and Tactics for Effectiveness and Leadership at the United Nations 22.
Summary The United States has not been nearly as effective at the United Nations as it can or should be. To address this concern, the Council on Foreign Relations and Freedom House cosponsored an Independent Task Force to assess the U.S.-UN relationship and to suggest a new strategy for improving the effectiveness and reputation of the United States at the UN. The Task Force calls for a U.S. strategy of building a coalition of democracies at the United Nations to carry forward three aims: building further support for democratization around the world, promoting respect for human rights principles, and coming together more effectively in the war against terrorism. In making its analysis, the Task Force identified several obstacles to U.S. effectiveness at the UN, including U.S. reluctance to support international agreements; the U.S. practice of withholding treaty-obligated dues; long gaps in the confirmation of a permanent U.S. representative to the UN; and a reluctance to engage in the outreach and lobbying at the UN for which American democracy is famous. The report also concludes that politicization in UN bodies, including the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights, has made the institution an inconsistent voice for democracy and human rights. This report includes the Task Force's findings and recommendations, as well as key UN documents in the areas of democracy, human rights, and counterterrorism. The Task Force, co-chaired by Republican congressman David Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee, and former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center and former chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, included former senior officials from Democratic and Republican administrations, scholars, and nongovernmental leaders.
Other author Dreier, David.
Hamilton, Lee.
Feinstein, Lee.
Karatnycky, Adrian.
Council on Foreign Relations.
Freedom House (U.S.)
Subject United Nations -- United States.
Democracy -- United States.
Human rights -- United States.
Terrorism -- Government policy -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 2001-2009.
ISBN 0876093225