September 27, 2015

Clues to U.S. Relationships Can Be Seen in U.N. Body Language

Featuring Julianne Smith

Source: The New York Times

As President Obama makes his way through the halls and chamber of the United Nations with all the other world leaders attending the General Assembly this week, it will be a little like a high school reunion with motorcades.

There will be leaders to avoid (VenezuelaEgyptZimbabwe and Uganda), leaders he used to avoid but has made up with (Cuba), leaders with whom he has been feuding but feels the need to make up with (Israel) and leaders who want to avoid him as much as he wants to avoid them (Iran).

There will be those he has seen a lot lately (ChinaKenya and Ethiopia) and those he has not and who feel neglected (much of Asia and Eastern Europe). There are those he does not especially want to see but feels he has to (Russia), and those with whom he is genuinely friends and will be happy to catch up with (Indiaand, well, India).

Read the full article at The New York Times.


  • Julianne Smith

    Former Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors, an adjunct senio...