South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will soon be taking over the role of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump made the announcement last week, just before Thanksgiving.
Haley’s appointment means a woman will continue to lead U.S. diplomacy at the United Nations, which has been the case since 2009, when Susan Rice held the position, followed by Samantha Power in 2013. Prior, the position has for the most part been held by men, with the exception of Madeleine Albright who served from 1993 to 1997, and Jeane Kirkpatrick from 1981 to 1985. Anne Patterson served as acting U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. in 2005.
The U.S. Senate will still need to confirm Haley’s appointment, but her lack of experience in international affairs and development has members of the global development community guessing what will the United States’ stance be on critical issues such as climate change and the ongoing global refugee crisis once she takes office.
Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.
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