The Role of the UN in the World Today

Ban Ki Moon

Ban Ki Moon is a South Korean diplomat who became the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2007. After graduating from Seoul National University in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in international relations, Ki Moon spent several years working in the ministry of foreign affairs before going back to school and earning a masters of public administration from Harvard University in 1985. Combining his strong educational background with years of experience in diplomacy and his leadership in the UN, Ban Ki Moon is an excellent candidate for the roundtable discussion with Obama. In respect to his stated views as the UN's Secretary-General, Ki Moon would probably argue for further expansion of the UN and international cooperation as a way to foster foreign unity and promote world wide growth and reform.

Henry Cabot Lodge

Henry Cabot Lodge graduated from Harvard the first time in 1872 before pursuing his law degree, which he completed in 1874. After a brief stint of traveling throughout Europe, Lodge became the first student in Harvard's history to graduate with a Ph.D. in Political Science. Lodge slowly rose from a representative of the state of Massachusetts to become the unofficial majority leader of the senate in the aftermath of WWII. As Lodge clearly stated in his evisceration of the Treaty of Versailles, he is a staunch believer in Washington's advice to avoid foreign entanglement and would want the US to immediately remove itself from the assembly.

Harry S. Truman

He served as president when the United Nations was originally formed. Experienced in foreign affairs (he successfully ended the Second World War), Truman was able to greatly contribute to the formation and strength of the United Nations and as a result shaped the role of the UN in world affairs. Advocating for global efforts to defend assailed countries, Truman successfully lead the United Nations through its first challenge, the Korean War. Along with thousands of UN soldiers, American forces were able to successfully defend South Korea, and still occupy the Korean DMZ today, proving the virtue of a United Force for peace.Truman would likely support a greater role of the United Nations in the world today. He would advocate for a greater level of United States involvement as well as greater cooperation among foreign countries.

Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of North Korea. He is the son of Kim Jong-il and, since gaining power, has maintained North Korea’s isolationist policies. Although a member of the United Nations, North Korea has refrained from actively supporting or cooperating with the organization, and on many occasions has been the subject of United Nations sanctions and conflicts. Being the Supreme Commander of North Korea’s army, and having family ties to the Korean War (through his father and grandfather), Kim Jong-un has strong opinions regarding global and foreign affairs.Being an isolationist, Kim Jong-un would advise President Obama to refrain from participating in UN affairs. Kim Jong-un supports a nation’s sovereign power to conduct domestic policies without foreign interference or sanctions.

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson is best known as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. He attended Davidson College, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and Johns Hopkins University. Before his presidency, he served as the President of Princeton University, and Governor of New Jersey. He was one of the Key leaders of the Progressive Era, established the Federal Reserve Bank and League of Nations, a predecessor to the United Nations.  According to his 14 points, Wilson would be a staunch defender of the United Nations and its expansion.

Dore Gold

Dore Gold is an Israeli diplomat who's claim to fame is being the direct political advisor to Israeli prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu. Gold has a bachelors and masters degree in political science from Columbia University and a PhD in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the same college. Gold was also a key member in the diplomacy between Syria and Lebanon. Although he supports global cooperation, he does not believe in the UN's current role. He strongly opposes the UN because of its moral relativism, allegations of globalism, and the role of the elite security council nations.

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