U.S. Contribution To U.N. Critical To Advancing U.S. Interests, Solving Global Problems

The Hill: Why defunding the U.N. is a bad idea
Martin Edwards, associate professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University

“…President-elect Trump would be well advised not to heed the critics seeking to slash U.S. involvement in the U.N. … President-elect Trump understands that the U.N. is a forum for advancing U.S. interests. … For a new administration seeking to reshape American foreign policy, working with other countries at the U.N. is an efficient way to get things done. At a time in which the U.N. is taking on a crucial role in aiding a record number of refugees, keeping peace across the globe with a record number of peacekeeping troops, and staving off global pandemics, U.S. engagement with the U.N. is more important than ever. … While the new Congress may still need instruction in the value of the United Nations, the American people do not. A recent survey by the Better World Campaign found that 88 percent of voters say it is important that the United States maintain an active role within the United Nations, and that majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support the U.S. paying its dues to the U.N. on time and in full. … The American public understands that the U.N. is a force multiplier for U.S. interests and values, and that a U.N. without the U.S. would be one less capable of solving global problems. Hopefully, Congress learns this lesson soon” (1/8).