Heritage Event: Does the United Nations Advance the Cause of Freedom?
Recorded on September 6, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
For many Americans, the United Nations has become synonymous
with corruption, mismanagement, and a blatant disregard for human
rights. The Oil-for-Food debacle, the Congo peacekeeping
abuse scandal, and the failure of the UN's new Human Rights
Council, have all reinforced the image of a world body in a serious
state of decline, and in need of fundamental reform. In
addition, the UN has been criticized for failing to stand up to
acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing, from the killing fields of
Rwanda and Bosnia, to more recently the slaughter of hundreds of
thousands of villagers by Sudanese-backed militias in Darfur.
Join us as former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John R. Bolton,
shares his views on the state of the United Nations, and assesses
whether the UN advances or actually impedes the cause of freedom
internationally. Bolton is the author of the forthcoming
book, Surrender is Not an Option: Defending America at the
United Nations and Abroad, and is currently a Senior Fellow at
the American Enterprise Institute. He served as the United
States Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August
2005 to December 2006, prior to which he was Under Secretary of
State for Arms Control and International Security.