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Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to journalists after a speech at the annual Women’s Empowerment Principles event at the United Nations, New York (March 10, 2015).

Will a President Clinton Clash With the U.N. Over Syria?

Richard Gowan Monday, Oct. 17, 2016

Are Antonio Guterres and Hillary Clinton on course for a clash over Syria in early 2017? The question may seem premature. Guterres was only confirmed as the next United Nations secretary-general last week and will take up the post at the beginning of January. Clinton is still campaigning hard to be U.S. president.

If, as now seems likely, she wins November’s election, Clinton and Guterres will face a common dilemma over what to do about Syria from the start of next year. The Russian-backed assault by Syrian forces on Aleppo has left both the Obama administration and the U.N. on the ropes. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.N.’s Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, are making desperate efforts to keep international diplomacy over the conflict alive. ...

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