Sizing Up Biden’s U.N. Diplomacy and Guterres’ Second Term

Sizing Up Biden’s U.N. Diplomacy and Guterres’ Second Term
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, right, now U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and then-President-elect Joe Biden, in Wilmington, Delaware, Nov. 24, 2020 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).

During his first few months in office, President Joe Biden has largely followed through on his pledges to restore a more multilateralist U.S. foreign policy, rejoining a number of key international organizations and agreements that had been abandoned by his predecessor, Donald Trump. This new approach has come as a relief to many senior officials at the United Nations, particularly Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who was nominated for a second term by the U.N. Security Council this week and is expected to cruise to reelection.

This week on Trend Lines, Richard Gowan, the U.N. director at the International Crisis Group and former weekly columnist for WPR, joins Elliot Waldman to discuss expectations for Guterres’ second term and the notable aspects of Biden’s approach to the U.N. thus far. Click here to read a partial transcript of the interview.


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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.

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