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Ambassador Samantha Power

Up The Down Staircase

Margarita Alarcon | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Margarita Alarcon

Margarita Alarcon So the day finally came. Last year I remember nurturing an idea that I published in my blog Ajiacomix and in the Huffington Post ...

'Get Close'

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 05.24.2016 | College
Ambassador Samantha Power

Get close to the people affected by your work. Seek out perspectives different from your own. And work to bring others close with you. Know that history is not in a hurry, but that you can help speed it up. And recognize that while the journey will be long - and you will lose and lose again - it is the struggle itself that will define you.

Rejecting False Choices: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Because the United States is the most powerful country in the world -- and given the state of the region -- some have second-guessed the decisions that President Obama and his Administration have made on the Middle East.

On Effective Peacekeeping in the 21st Century

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Most great independence speeches look inward -- setting out a vision for a people who, for the first time, have won the right to define who they are and who they aspire to be. But what distinguished this speech, and the national product that Nehru so eloquently set out, was that, from its genesis, India looked outwards as well as inwards -- seeing its responsibilities as extending to people far beyond its borders.

My Remarks to 85 New Americans

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Holding onto where you come from should not hold you back from immersing yourself in your adopted nation and in your new, or in some cases, old communities. I've told you that America is richer for having you in it, but that means you must reach beyond the community that is familiar to you.

Launching #FreeThe20

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 09.02.2016 | World
Ambassador Samantha Power

These are just twenty out of the many women who are being deprived of their freedom and the right to participate in the Beijing+20 conference. In naming these women, we are sending a message to their governments and others like them: If you want to empower women, don't imprison them on the basis of their views or on the basis of the rights that they are fighting for.

My Remarks Following Russia's Veto of a UN Security Council Resolution Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Why would Russia vote to deny recognition of the Srebrenica genocide? Today's vote mattered. It mattered hugely to the families of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide. Russia's veto is heartbreaking for those families, and it is a further stain on this Council's record.

Honoring the Victims and Survivors of the Genocide in Srebrenica

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

We must never forget the genocide in Srebrenica. We must always honor its victims, its survivors. But we must never forget also that our words will ring hollow if, in the here and now, we don't believe the unbelievable, if we don't end the culture of impunity that exists in so many places around the world, and if we don't strengthen our resolve to protect those who count on us all.

My Remarks to the Ukrainian People

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Samantha Power

Far too often, people tell the story of what is happening today in Ukraine without you in it. It is East versus West. The Eurasian Union versus the European Union. Russia versus the EU or Russia versus the United States. In this telling, at best, the Ukrainian people get to choose one of these sides. At worst, a side is chosen for you.

On Peacekeeping

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Ambassador Samantha Power

Conflicts in faraway places matter in various ways to the United States. These conflicts matter because we recognize that violence within any particular country can quickly cause national and regional instability, displacing millions of people, upending markets.

Guns of Autumn -- Or an Uneasy Truce in Ukraine?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

What is the end goal? Total occupation of Ukraine is doubtful as it would result in a civil war and an economic collapse, which is already underway with oligarchs still functioning despite the ouster of the corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovich. Or is a land link to Crimea the objective?

South Sudan: Will It Turn Into Another Somalia?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Two and a half million people died before South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, became independent in July 2011. But in just one week, fighting spread among former liberation leaders, thrusting the country into the cusp of a civil war.