Kelly Knight Craft Is Quickly—and Smartly—Making Africa a Priority

Kelly Knight Craft Is Quickly—and Smartly—Making Africa a Priority
U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft addresses the Security Council at U.N. headquarters, New York, Sept. 19, 2019 (AP photo by Bebeto Matthews).

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Richard Gowan is filling in for Candace Rondeaux this week.

How is Kelly Knight Craft doing as U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations?

It is almost exactly one month since Craft presented her credentials to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sept. 12. It has been an eventful period, including the annual General Assembly jamboree and Security Council crisis talks on North Korea and Syria. To top it off, Guterres warned this week that the U.N. is about to run out of operating funds because over 60 members have not paid their annual dues. The U.S. has accumulated over $1 billion in arrears, equivalent to a third of the U.N.’s regular budget, putting Craft in a tricky spot.

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