The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) is not always genuinely significant. This year, however, the Trump administration and US State Department officials made it into a powerful event. Several truly critical things occurred, and the Security Studies Group wants to make sure they are not missed by the American people.
- President Trump gave a major address that changed the very basis of American diplomacy. (His full remarks are here.) For decades America’s foreign policy establishment has drifted along on Cold War ideas that no longer fit the state of the world. The new policy advances America’s agenda within a framework designed to encourage human freedom and fair trade, peace and prosperity. The Security Studies Group published a defense of this basic approach this week drawn from our own grand strategy.
- President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo jointly attended a meeting on counterproliferation, which focused on Iran. It continued to expose Russian and Iranian complicity in the war crimes carried out by Syrian President Assad against his own people. The US State Department published a report on Iran’s outlaw activities to reinforce this condemnation. Separately, US ally President Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out secret Iranian nuclear sites and challenged the UN’s IAEA to inspect them. (The IAEA declined to inspect Iran.) Secretary Pompeo also gave a speech condemning Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions.
- Secretary Pompeo chaired a Security Council meeting on North Korea. The Trump administration continues negotiations aimed at denuclearization on the peninsula, as well as ending the decades-long Korean War.
- The State Department sent a high level delegate to address the global effort to end the modern slave trade, in keeping with America’s commitment to human freedom.