US ambassador to UN takes office facing challenges

Monday, August 5, 2019

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.
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