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Will UNGA Heads of State Meeting Achieve Breakthroughs

WHO: American University UN, Foreign Policy Experts

WHAT: Available to analyze and comment on issues happening at United Nations General Assembly Meeting
WHEN: September 20-ongoing

WHERE: American University, in studio, or phone interviews

Heads of State gathering in New York for the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will be addressing:

•  Syria’s challenge to the international community, the prospects for lasting diplomacy versus military action, Egypt’s struggle to stabilize, Libya and other Arab Spring countries in transition;
•  Russia’s diplomatic coup to avert U.S. strikes on Syria and architect of UN Security Council chemical weapons agreement;
•  Iran’s new leadership and the possibility of ending the decade’s long nuclear stalemate;
•  Mideast Peace possibilities between Palestinians and Israel;
•  Fall out of NSA spying and President Obama’s challenges at the UNGA;
•  UN General Secretary’s successes and failures; and
•  Issues facing the UN Security Council from veto threats to adding members.

American University’s School of International Service experts are available to discuss a wide range of issues and leaders addressing the UNGA.  

UN/International Affairs
David Bosco assistant professor of International Politics, is the author of Five to Rule Them All (Oxford University Press, 2009), a history of the UN Security Council. Bosco currently writes the Multilateralist blog for Foreign Policy magazine. Prof. Bosco is available to discuss the international policies and practices governing a response to Syria from the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and other issues pertaining to the United Nations, issues facing the UN Security Council, the International Criminal Court, and the effectiveness of the UN in international crises. Washington Post’s Wonkblog recently featured Prof. Bosco to answer questions regarding the United Nation’s Security Council and events in Syria.

Michael Schroeder, professorial lecturer of international politics, investigates the executive heads of international organizations, and specifically the conditions under which a U.N. Secretary-General’s leadership impacts human rights norms, the management of militarized crises, the promotion of democracy and U.N. administrative reform. Other research examines U.N. peace operations, the development of international norms and transnational advocacy campaigns. Prof. Schroeder is available to discuss the UN Secretary-General and the General Assembly's structure and history, as well as some of the ways different groups of states have used the Assembly in recent years to advance their agenda. Prof. Schroeder’s op-eds on Syria and the UN have appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and Huffington Post.

Hillary Mann Leverett, senior professorial lecturer, was Director of Iran, Afghanistan and Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council after 9/11. In that capacity, she was one of a small number of U.S. officials authorized to negotiate with Iran over Afghanistan, al Qaida and Iraq; in this assignment, she negotiated directly with Iran’s current Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and met Iran’s new President Hassan Rohani. She will meet both Zarif and Rohani in New York during UNGA. Leverett’s successful work negotiating with Iran after 9/11 grounds her path-breaking new book, Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran. While working for the State Department, she served in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations in the Clinton and Bush Administrations (1999-2001) when now Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov was Russia's UN Ambassador.She also has extensive experience on Syria, including in-depth interviews with President Bashar al Assad. Prof. Leverett’s recent op-eds on the U.S. and Iran and the U.S. and Syria appeared in the Huffington Post.

U.S. Foreign Policy

Ambassador Anthony Quainton, distinguished diplomat in residence in American University’s School of International Service, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy based on his long and distinguished State Department career as a foreignservice officer and ambassador where he served as ambassadors to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru. Amb. Quainton can discuss U.S. foreign policy and the current environment President Obama faces at the UN.
Anton Fedyashin is a specialist in Russian and Soviet history as well as Cold War espionage. His courses, conference papers, media appearances, and publications cover the entire modern period from the imperial to the post-Soviet era. Fedyashin can discuss Russia's stance on Syria and its new found role on the world stage averting military intervention in Syria in favor of a diplomatic solution.

Keith Darden focuses on nationalism, state-building, and the politics of Russia and Eurasia. Prof. Darden is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press Book Series Problems of International Politics and is actively engaged with Russia and Eurasia though the Bilateral Working Group on US-Russia Relations, PONARS Eurasia, the Valdai Discussion Club, and other forums. Darden recently appeared on CTV News (Canada) to discuss UN Inspector findings in Syria and how it affects U.S.-Russian relations and the brokered deal with Syria.

Israel-Palestine/Middle East/Peacebuilding
Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service's U.S. Foreign Policy Program, focuses on foreign policy decision-making, the influence of think tanks in U.S. foreign policy, and the role of political elites in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Prof. Ziv can discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks including the implications of the Syrian chemical weapons deal on Israel and the Israeli take on U.S.-led efforts to stop Iran's nuclear program. Prof. Ziv’s op-ed arguing there is no better time for Mideast Peace appeared in USA Today online.

Aid Effectiveness & Global Health
Daniel Esser, assistant professor in American University’s School of International Service, focuses his research on aid effectiveness and global health policy. Esser also pursues an interest in discourses and pragmatism in international development. He has collected survey and interview data in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sierra Leone and most recently in Mexico. Esser can discuss aid and global health policy in the context of the UNGA theme “The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage.”

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