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Member states' flags fly outside U.N. headquarters in New York. U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept. 23, 2020 (AP photo by Mary Altaffer).

What to Watch for in Biden’s U.N. Debut

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly will kick off next week in New York, and over the course of the following week, the assembly will host speeches from leaders and representatives of U.N. member states. The highlight will be U.S. President Joe Biden’s first address to the U.N. since taking office in January, but as with previous years’ diplomatic confabs, there will be plenty of developments to keep an eye on.

This week on Trend Lines, Richard Gowan, the U.N. director at the International Crisis Group and a former WPR columnist, joins Elliot Waldman to preview Biden’s speech, as well as other elements of the UNGA’s packed agenda. If you would like to request a full transcript of the episode, please send an email to podcast@worldpoliticsreview.com.

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Trend Lines is edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

To send feedback or questions, email us at podcast@worldpoliticsreview.com.