US-UN Relations Discussion Event at Heritage Foundation in DC

After a blogging hiatus over the summer due to some family medical issues – all happily resolved – I am moving back to posting on a regular basis. I’ve missed posting here at VC and the Volokh community; family circumstances left me with less time to post, but more time to read, and I plan to start back with a couple of posts on books that I’ve read over the last few months.

Meanwhile, I wanted to alert readers that the Heritage Foundation has been kind enough to invite me to talk about my book, released back in May, on US-UN relations – Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order.  For complicated scheduling reasons, along with a desire to do this event during the annual September opening of the UN General Assembly session, the discussion will be held this upcoming Wednesday, September 26, 12 noon, at the Heritage Foundation in downtown DC.  Here’s a link to the event; open to the public; requires RSVP either online or by phone; flyer is also below the fold.

It is Yom Kippur that day, so I realize with apologies that some of the folks most vital to this topic will be missing, but there will be video posted at Heritage at some point soon after the event.  Good news is that the Hoover Institution, which published the book, is co-hosting, and is making complimentary copies of the book available at the event, which I’ll be happy to sign.  And finally my thanks to Heritage Foundation senior fellow Brett Schaefer – a leading expert on the UN – who will host and moderate the event.

President Obama and the United Nations:
Advancing American Interests?

Kenneth Anderson

Professor of International Law, Washington College of Law, American University,

and author of Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order


Hosted by

Brett Schaefer

Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs,

The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation


President Obama is scheduled to deliver his fourth address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.  Since the first days of his presidency, his Administration has expressed a conviction that American interests are best advanced through a closer, more cooperative relationship with the United Nations.  But Americans and non-Americans, allies and enemies, have wondered just what those terms mean as actual policy of the United States of America.  How has America’s relationship with the U.N. changed over the past four years and have our nation, our citizens, and our national interests benefited from those changes?


In his new book, Living with the UN, Kenneth Anderson analyzes U.S.–U.N. relations in each major aspect of the United Nations’ work – security, human rights and universal values, and development – and addresses the crucial question of whether, when, and how the United States should engage or not engage with the U.N. in its many different organs and activities.  He offers principles for a relationship based on ideals and interests between the United States and the United Nations and provides guidance for long-term policy far beyond the current Administration’s tenure.


Complimentary copies of Living with the UN will be provided by The Hoover Institution. ~



Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

The Heritage Foundation’s Lehrman Auditorium

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