Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Discusses New Book, U.S. Diplomacy, Human Rights Efforts, Ebola Response In TIME Interview
TIME: Former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Has a Lot of Stories to Tell — and No Problem Talking
“…While [former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power] loves being with her kids and teaching, Power admits when pushed that her favorite job was at the U.N. Her successes there were not, on the surface, enormous. She did not broker peace in Syria, and she acknowledges that the Obama administration backed the wrong horse in Yemen, which became even more of a human-rights travesty after President Trump took office and doubled down on that bet. … But the response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic proved that the same scramble-the-jets approach America used for warfare could be — and should be — deployed for humanitarian purposes. ‘So few threats stay confined within any one country,’ she says, that it’s simply pragmatic to work with other countries to nip crises in the bud, even if it doesn’t initially seem to be in America’s national interest…” (Luscombe, 9/5).