Monday, August 5, 2019
Craft succeeds Nikki Haley, who was a staunch defender of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy and an influential presidential adviser. Haley's departure left something of a vacuum: US influence at the UN lacks the same weight and dynamics have changed between Trump and other close foreign policy advisers.
- Craft’s relative lack of diplomatic experience suggests she may be more reliant on other Trump advisers’ advice.
- Craft may rely on National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, implying a toughening approach.
- The UN will be used more often and more assertively as part of the administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran.
- Craft will renew emphasis on the need for UN reform including accountability, transparency and financial burden-sharing.
- The administration will likely continue to prioritise bilaterally focused foreign affairs, working with individual countries.