PETER S. KALIKOW CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER
U.S. Presidential Leadership at the United Nations:
Evaluating the Past 65 Years
and Looking Ahead to 21st Century Governance
October 21, 2010
Student Center Theater
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus
Admission is free.
This symposium evaluates American presidential leadership at the United Nations from 1945 to the present. Sixty-five years after the creation of this unique international organization in the final months of World War II, an evaluation of its achievements and challenges from the perspective of the American presidency is both timely and necessary. The United States hosts the U.N., pays the largest share of its dues, and typically guides its agenda, particularly in matters of international peace and security. The president directs American foreign policy and therefore represents U.S. interests at the U.N. How do American presidents work through the U.N. to achieve their foreign policy goals, and what are the prospects for future cooperation in the 21st century?
The first panel examines how the American public views the U.N. and how American institutions, namely, the president, Congress, and the executive branch, work with the international organization. The second panel evaluates how presidents pursue multilateral policy initiatives through the U.N. as well as proposals for U.N. reform that would promote executive interests there more effectively. The symposium concludes with a keynote address by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad and an analysis of the key policy issues and challenges for presidential leadership at the U.N. today, led by Kalkow Center Senior Presidential Fellows Howard B. Dean III and Edward J. Rollins.
For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669.
To register to attend the keynote address and panel discussion featuring the Honorable Zalmay Khalilzad, and senior presidential fellows Howard B. Dean III and Edward J. Rollins, go to hofstra.edu/khalilzad