Ban Ki-moon: Friend to U.S. national interests in United Nations


Ban Ki-moon became the first U.N. secretary general to visit the Pentagon…


‘Elected during the Bush administration, Ban was seen as a welcome change from the difficult relationship we had had with Kofi Annan. Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice openly supported Ban, and the Obama administration has also backed him. One day after Ban announced his desire for reelection, President Obama confirmed his support for the incumbent, praising Ban’s responses to global crises and commitment to the United Nation’s much-needed internal reform. Ban’s reelection could be doubly beneficial then for the United States. As a friend to U.S. national interests in the United Nations, Ban is well positioned to advance U.S.-backed approaches in the Middle East, North Africa, and North Korea.’

Photo: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Pentagon on April 18 2013 (Brendan Smialowski / AFP via Getty Images)