The United Nations and Multilateralism in Today's Multipolar World
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U.S. support for the United Nations has always rested on a tenuous understanding: that the United States would voluntarily constrain some of its power in return for global cooperation it cannot always control. Moreover, a tension rests inside the UN itself, between the lofty principles enumerated in the Charter -- signed 75 years ago this year -- and the reality of the behavior of the UN's member states. How in today's world, with China's rise and greater assertiveness by regional powers, should the United States view the UN and multilateralism more generally?
Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman is the John C. Whitehead Visiting Fellow in International Diplomacy at the Brookings Institution and a Senior Fellow at the UN Foundation. He is also a senior adviser to Kissinger Associates, a member of the Board of Advisers to the Dialogue Advisory Group, a Senior Advisor to the European Institute of Peace, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Middle East Institute.
From July 2012 until April 2018, Mr. Feltman served as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Frequently briefing the Security Council, Mr. Feltman was the chief foreign policy advisor to the Secretary-General and traveled extensively. He oversaw UN mediation and conflict prevention work and provided guidance to UN Special Representatives and Envoys heading UN political missions.
Before joining the UN, Mr. Feltman was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, focused largely on the Middle East and North Africa. From 2009 until 2012, Mr. Feltman was the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. Prior to his 2004-2008 tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, he served in Erbil, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Amman, Budapest, and Port-au-Prince.