Should the U.S. withdraw from the U.N.?
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Person InterviewedLichenstein, Charles M.
Hauser, Rita E.
Examines the future of the United States at the U.N.
The United Nations was created as a peaceful forum where nations could come together to diffuse tensions and resolve disputes. By the 1980s, however, critics of the organization claimed that the U.N. had become a place where unfriendly nations gathered to voice their opposition to the United States, and where Soviet interests were advanced at the expense of American interests. Many American policymakers also began to criticize what was seen as the U.N.'s double standard on human rights, which ignored opposition movements in Soviet-backed countries while granting permanent observer status to liberation organizations such as the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO). In a decade where U.N.-bashing had become popular in the United States, host Peter Krogh is joined by Rita Houser, former U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Commission, and Charles Lichtenstein, former U.S. Deputy Delegate to the U.N., to discuss the future of the United States at the U.N., as well as the role that the U.N. plays in advancing American interests.
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