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

Publication Date: January 2009

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

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

Research Area: International relations

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.