Funding UN Peacekeeping Missions

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The House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing the week before last on the funding of UN peacekeeping missions which slipped under the radar but deserves more attention. Chairman Bill Delahunt, in his opening statement (.pdf), made the good point that the billing formula needs to be updated to better reflect current economic realities: the U.S. is currently billed 25% of U.N. peacekeeping costs, compared to 3% for China and 1% for Gazprom Russia. Be that as it may, Delahunt also pointed out that U.N. peacekeeping missions address some vital American national security interests at one-eighth of the cost […]


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