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Reforms Needed for a More Effective United Nations: A Memo to President-elect Obama

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Publication Date: January 2009

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): Brett D. Schaefer; Steven Groves

Special Collection: Presidential Advisory

Topic: International relations (International and regional organizations)

Keywords: Presidential transition; United Nations; Global alliances

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The U.N. suffers from confused purposes, competing interests, and lopsided burden-sharing. It is time to rethink and reshape our engagement with the United Nations so that it better serves both U.S. interests and the organization's own stated purposes.