The following is an announcement from the American Society of International Law
International Law and the Trump Administration: A Live Online Briefing Series – Part 2
U.S. Engagement with the United Nations
Thursday, February 23, 2017 – 11:30am-12:30pm EST/8:30am-9:30am PST
The United States played a pivotal role in the establishment of the United Nations and 70 years later remains the largest financial contributor to the organization. Supporters of the U.N. emphasize its critical role in promoting peace and security, international cooperation, global health, and human rights, while critics point to the need for reforms to address structural, managerial, and political concerns. Although such criticisms are hardly new, the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign appeared to raise more fundamental questions about the continuity of the United States' commitment to the institution. The Trump administration has since indicated that it proposes to conduct a review of U.S. support for the U.N. and other international organizations, and a draft executive order signaled that the administration may propose drastic cuts in U.S. voluntary contributions.
This live online briefing, the second in the Society's series on "International Law and the Trump Administration," will feature former senior U.S. officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations who were responsible for managing the country's engagement with international organizations. They will discuss the role of the U.N. on a broad range of global issues; the challenges it faces in advancing its mission; its relationship to the United States and its importance to U.S. national interests; criticisms of the institution and proposed reforms; and the prospects for continued U.S. support.
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Bathsheba Nell Crocker, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2014-2017)
Mark P. Lagon, Centennial Fellow & Distinguished Senior Scholar, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (2004-2007)
Susan Karamanian, Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy, George Washington University School of Law