On the line with me to preview the big stories, ideas, trends and crises and provocations that will set the agenda at the United Nations and beyond is Richard Gowen. He’s a fellow with the European Council on Foreign Affairs and a regular guest of this very podcast. We have a lively conversation about Trump’s relationship with the UN, the new incoming secretary general and more.
We recorded this conversation in late December, before the big vote on Israel settlements into which the president-elect weighed on Twitter. So that vote does not factor into this conversation. (If you want to read my full thoughts on that, check out this piece).
How Trump’s staffing choices may affect the US relationship with the UN
The composition of the Security Council in 2017
Looming crises in South Sudan
What comes next in Syria
What kind of personal relations will Trump (the uber-capitalist) and Guterres, the (old-school socialist) form.