A conversation with United Nations Ambassador Vernon Walters
Person InterviewedWalters, Vernon A.
Examines the role of the United States at the UN and the UN's contributions to American foreign policy.
After a long history of service as translator, military attaché, and CIA deputy director, among other positions, Vernon Walters was appointed ambassador to the United Nations in 1985. Two years later, he discusses the role of the United States at the UN with moderator Alan Goodman. According to Waters, the United Nations once existed as a place where states could reasonably discuss international issues. Yet, in the 1980s, it became a place where the Soviet Union and many Third World nations came to criticize the United States and its western allies. The forum became an "alignment of the non aligned" where states have chosen to gang up against the United States. Despite the recommendations of some critics, Walters rejects the idea of withdrawing from the UN, highlighting its success, areas in need of improvement, and its necessity as a global forum.
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