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PostCan You "Push" the UN to Action? And What Can WAIS Do? (Henry Levin, USA, 09/13/18 8:10 am)
I agree with Gary Moore (September 8th) that simply "pushing" the UN to do its job is naïve and unlikely to provide any meaningful response. My suggestion is for WAIS to analyze how it might be possible to set out a strategy that gets the UN to function effectively or even at the margin in these situations.
Moreover, there are other agencies that if they act in concert, might put pressure on these malfunctioning countries. We have little power beyond our potentially effective ideas for change. At this moment it is not clear that WAIS can even agree upon these or promising directions to search for these.
JE comments: Yes, WAIS has "informed, healthy disagreement" built into its DNA. Does this paralyze us?
I have been thinking a lot about Hank Levin's appeals for WAIS to take a more robust role in addressing world problems. Two nations in turmoil come to mind, precisely because we have outspoken and very brave colleagues in each: Venezuela, with José Ignacio Soler, and Turkey, with our tireless correspondent Yusuf Kanli. Yusuf and Nacho both put a human face on nations in crisis. Like all families, WAISers are prone to bicker, but we stick together and look out for our own. Nacho and Yusuf, we are with you.
[WAISworld was suffering from memory overload all morning, hence the delay. My thanks to IT Director Roman Zhovtulya for coming to the rescue.]