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Hope and HistoryA Memoir of Tumultuous Times$
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William vanden Heuvel

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501738173

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501738173.001.0001

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The Carter Presidency and the United Nations

The Carter Presidency and the United Nations

(p.126) 5 The Carter Presidency and the United Nations
Hope and History

William vanden Heuvel

Cornell University Press

This chapter begins by detailing Ambassador vanden Heuvel's role as co-chair of Jimmy Carter's New York state presidential campaign. An early supporter of Carter, vanden Heuvel helped in Carter's transformation from a little-known Georgia governor to the Democratic nominee. After Carter's election, he was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva. He became Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York in late 1979. His tenure in New York coincided with the Iranian hostage crisis, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and increasing tensions in the Middle East. He discusses the marginalisation of the UN in the approach to the 2003 Iraq War, as well as his work with Senator Ted Kennedy and President Bill Clinton on UN issues. The accompanying speech argues for the importance of the UN in the international order and America's responsibility to support it, despite hostility from Congress and neo-conservatives.

Keywords:   Jimmy Carter, United Nations, Iranian hostage crisis, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, President Bill Clinton

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