Samantha Power is an international political force. One of the leading international voices on human rights, international affairs, and genocide, and special assistant to the President and National Security Council Advisor at the White House has become the newest member of the United Nations.
Power has specifically spoken out against the United Nations and their failure to intervene in Syria. She called out the UN Security Council out for not adequately responding to the, “slaughter in Syria,” calling it, “—a disgrace that history will judge harshly.”
There are many “hot button” issues Power seeks to address as soon as possible. The topics range from Syria, and protests in Egypt to Al Qaeda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Power has expressed her excitement to continue working with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whom she has worked with over the last few years at the White House.
Power begins her UN tenure with a significant accomplishment under her belt. She is the youngest Ambassador to the UN in history. Among the other issues she noted, Power hinted that she might address global poverty concerns as well. She noted that there is a great deal to be done in order to achieve progress.
For the time being, all the world can do is wait and watch to see if Power is capable of sparking conversation and creating change.
– Caitlin Zusy