US elections

I wrote the following for Parliament’s The House Magazine US election special feature.

The global economic crisis emphasises the need for stronger global institutions. Sixty years ago when the UN system was established at the Conferences in London and San Francisco by the victors of World War Two, the United States under Presidents Roosevelt and Truman assisted by the indefatigable Eleanor Roosevelt played a key role. Today there is great expectation throughout the UN system, among the people who work in the UN full time, the permanent representatives of many countries and the non-governmental organisations that there will be important changes in the attitude of the United States so it will once again play a leading role in constructing multilateral solutions to the economic problems we face and also the threat of climate change after the disastrous Bush years. I hope that Barack Obama wins but even a McCain Presidency will be a distinct improvement.

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