U.S. Presidential Leadership at the UN: 1945 to Present

Meena Bose (Editor)
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, USA

Series: White House Studies
BISAC: POL040010

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In October 2010, Hofstra University hosted a symposium evaluating American presidential leadership at the United Nations (UN) from 1945 to the present. Sixty-five years after the creation of this unique international organization in the final months of World War II, an evaluation of its achievements and challenges from the perspective of the American presidency was both timely and necessary. The United States hosts the UN, pays the largest share of its dues, and typically guides its agenda, particularly in matters of international peace and security. The president directs American foreign policy and therefore represents U.S. interests at the UN. How do American presidents work through the UN to achieve their foreign policy goals, and what are the prospects for future cooperation in the 21st century?

This book presents the symposium findings. The first part examines how American institutions, namely, the president, Congress, and the executive branch, work with the international organization. The second part evaluates how presidents pursue multilateral policy initiatives through the UN as well as proposals for UN reform that would promote executive interests there more effectively. Contributors include experts on the American presidency, political communication, and international security. (Imprint: Nova)

Foreword

Part I

US Presidential Leadership at the United Nations: Evaluating the Past and Looking Ahead to the 21st Century Governance
Stephen Schlesinger

Classifying the Changing Role of the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Presidential Policy Making
Meena Bose

The Impact of Dues Withholding on the U.S.-U.N. Relationship
Courtney B. Smith

Rhetorical Constructions of Global Community: Presidents and the UN
Andrew D. Barnes and Mary E. Stuckey

Part II

The American President and the United Nations Security Council: Why Bigger Might Be Better
Paul Fritz

Presidential Leadership and UN Activities to End Violence against Women
Colleen J. Shogan

Why Did Busy Bypass the UN in 2003? Unilateralism, Multilateralism, and Presidential Leadership
Alexander Thompson

Concluding Observations and Comments
Jay M. Parker

Index

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