Maynes, Charles William
July 1976
Foreign Affairs;Jul1976, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p804
The power center of American foreign policy has seldom taken the United Nations very seriously. It has used the organization when convenient as an instrument for the pursuit of traditional foreign policy goals. Pursuing a global policy, United States officials may even have been surprised at the number of times they found a global body of use. Nevertheless, their resort to the United Nations was episodic, and they continued to regard it as marginal to the conduct of international relations. While the United States no longer has the potential in the United Nations to advance final formulations and expect blind acceptance by others, the alternative is not powerlessness. On any power continuum, the United States remains close to where it was. In the late 1970's, the United Nations will hold a major international conference on technology, a field both of American strength and of great political sensitivity to the Third World. The United States can regain in the United Nations and in multilateral diplomacy generally the role which the strength and skills of this country suggest.


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