Crucial Role of Multilateral Diplomacy in Sustaining US Global Leadership

September 15, 2011

By Ellen Laipson

Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, held a conversation with Ellen Laipson, President and CEO of the Stimson Center, September 15 on "Multilateral Diplomacy and US Global Leadership."  The discussion was moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.

Assistant Secretary Brimmer and Ms. Laipson discussed this topic in preparation for the 60th annual United Nations General Assembly. Given the transnational nature of current international threats and challenges, multilateral cooperation has become essential to US foreign policy. As the world increasingly turns to the UN to address trans-border issues, US participation in the UN is key.

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