Multilateralism: A Realist View

Author
Louise Oliver
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Ambassador's Review
Publication Date
Spring 2021
Institution
Council of American Ambassadors
Abstract
President Joseph Biden is reembracing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy, making multilateralism a core principle of his own foreign policy. Biden’s foreign policy team includes Obama Administration veterans such as Antony Blinken, William Burns and John Kerry, all of whom believe in the efficacy of multilateral diplomacy. Biden has returned to the Paris Climate Accord, nullified President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and reengaged with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). If returning to the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is also a possibility, Biden ought to take a close look at the U.S. experience with that organization because it is a good example of the difficulties that multilateralism can pose for the U.S.
Topic
United Nations, Multilateralism, UN Human Rights Council (HRC), UNESCO
Political Geography
North America, United States of America