UN-Scripted: The Double Episode

UN-scripted, PassBlue’s podcast takes you inside the United Nations — beyond the carefully written policy speeches to where the real work is being done.

by Stéphanie Fillion and Kacie Candela. Read more on PassBlue.com

Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, holds a map as he addresses the Security Council session focusing on the new Trump proposal for the Mideast, Feb. 11, 2020. Abbas described the proposed land configurations by the United States and Israel as resembling “Swiss cheese.” ESKINDER DEBEBE/UN PHOTO

U.S. President Trump has made good on his campaign promises to redefine America’s relationship with the rest of the world — for better or for worse, depending on perspectives — and the United Nations has in many ways been the epicenter of his “American First” policy abroad. Most recently, his peace proposal for Israel and Palestine scraps decades of UN Security Council binding resolutions on the matter and even got one ambassador recalled. But what alternative visions to end the long conflict in the Middle East have been proposed by the Democrats hoping to unseat Trump in November?

In this double feature episode, Al-Araby reporter Nabil Abi Saab, from Lebanon, walks us through the complicated background to the recent proposed UN resolution reacting to Trump’s Mideast plan and visits from relevant VIPS, including Jared Kushner, to New York that reflect the fallout of the American proposal in the Security Council so far. Plus, PassBlue contributor Jeffrey Laurenti explains how American foreign policy got to the current state of isolationism versus globalism, and shares everything we know (and everything we don’t but wish we did) about what the Democratic primary candidates think of the United Nations and other global organizations, as well as other top foreign policy issues.

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Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Partnership for Transparency, a group of volunteer international development specialists. They work to advance good governance in developing countries by supporting civil society organizations. To learn more about PTF’s work visit ptfund.org.

PTF believes governments alone can’t be expected to stop corruption. Their latest research shows that well-designed, citizen-led programs to strengthen transparency and accountability can produce better outcomes than state-led initiatives.. PTF’s report has practical recommendations for how empowered, engaged, and professional non-government actors can advance Sustainable Development Goal 16.

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Support for UN-Scripted comes from the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University. This spring, they’re offering online humanitarian training courses. Topics include cash, commodities, and services in a humanitarian response, managing or negotiating humanitarian responses, and more. Courses runs from March 16 through April 25.

Or, earn an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. It’s a 4-week intensive taught by practicing humanitarian professionals, in New York City, from May 31st through June 27th. For more information, email miha@fordham.edu.

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Independent Coverage the United Nations. A project of The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, supported by the Carnegie Corporation.

Independent Coverage the United Nations. A project of The New School’s Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, supported by the Carnegie Corporation.