Crucial Role of Multilateral Diplomacy in Sustaining US Global Leadership

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.

Secretary Brimmer and Ms. Laipson discussed this topic in preparation for the 60th annual United
General Assembly. Given the transnational nature of current
threats and challenges, multilateral cooperation has become essential to
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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