Investing in a New Multilateralism
January 28, 2009
This report identifies and assesses key areas where, with leadership, commitment, and cooperation, the United States can work with the United Nations and other members of the international community to break through the obstacles to progress and reinvigorate the multilateral systems. It reviews some of the issues that have challenged the U.S.-UN relationship in recent years and addresses some of the recommendations for reform. The report examines opportunities for immediate collaboration with the United Nations by the new U.S. administration in the areas of peacekeeping and peacebuilding, global health, and climate change, plus managing humanitarian operations. Finally, the report suggests how using both old and new constituencies to support the United Nations in the United States can help sustain that organization as an instrument of smart power in the future.