Politico Magazine

CIC senior fellow James Traub wrote for Politico about previous attempts to reform the filibuster, and what it means for the proposal backed by President Biden.

"If we must have a filibuster, let it be a talking one. But let’s not stop there: We need to find new ways to limit debate, as Humphrey and his colleagues sought to do, so that our legislative bodies serve rather than obstruct the cause of justice."

Mar 21, 2021
James Traub
United States

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan's latest article in Politico on the incoming US ambassador to the United Nations, Heather Nauert. 

Dec 11, 2018
Richard Gowan
United Nations

Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan provides an assessment of US ambassador Nikki Haley's performance in her time at the United Nations. In many ways, the ambassaor handled a tough assignment surprisingly well.

Oct 09, 2018
Richard Gowan

Donald Trump likes attacking soft targets, and the United Nations is about as soft as they come. Over the past two months, U.N. officials have been bracing for an entirely inevitable clash with the next U.S. administration. Their only question has been exactly what would set off the showdown. Would it be climate change? Torture?

Dec 28, 2016
Richard Gowan
United Nations

With his foreign policy in tatters, the president is coming to Turtle Bay hat in hand.

Read the full Politico Magazine article Why Obama Needs the U.N.

Sep 22, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States
United Nations

At the end of March, with the crisis spreading from Crimea to eastern Ukraine, Kerry instinctively reached out to Lavrov anew. The pair held four hours of inconclusive talks in Paris. Then it was back to Geneva in mid-April for quadrilateral discussions with the European Union and the Ukrainians: Seven hours of negotiating delivered a new set of “Geneva Accords” outlining plans for the pro-Russian separatists occupying government buildings in the east of the country to disarm.

May 19, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States

Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, has two problems. One of them is the United Nations. The other is the United States.

Read the full Politico article Samantha Power is Back

Apr 24, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States

This week, Washington grasped that Ban Ki-moon might be a bit of a chump. The United Nations secretary-general, despite his seven years on the job and nearly four decades before that as a South Korean diplomat, appeared both overzealous and amateurish as he extended and then rescinded a last-minute invitation to Iran to join the Syrian peace talks in Switzerland. The Obama administration’s unconcealed irritation with this gambit has left Ban, who has always prioritized good relations with the United States, looking foolish.

Jan 22, 2014
Richard Gowan
Middle East, Syria, United States
United Nations