YPFP NY: Launch of the Global Diplomacy Series

Posted on February 15, 2013

On Tuesday, January 22, in a tapestry-filled room in the Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the United Nations, Lieutenant Colonel Glenn J. Sadowski spoke to a group of YPFP members about his role as U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Military Staff Committee.

Lt. Col. Sadowski, a Marine who served in Somalia and in Operations Desert Storm began the evening with a concise explanation of the UN Security Council and the role of the Military Staff Committee within the group. As he put it, “military guys are big on the chain of command.”

The U.S. Delegation to the United Nations Military Staff represents the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Military Staff Committee and advises the U.S. Permanent Representative. Since the Obama Administration restored cabinet-level rank to the U.S. Permanent Representative position, the Joint Chiefs of Staff want to be in close contact with an organization this president so clearly highly values.

The talk detailed the logistical complications in member states providing troops to peacekeeping operations, the dual evolution of the types of situations that blue-helmets are facing and the end goals desired. Perhaps most interestingly, the speaker described the relationships between the Military Staff delegations of the Security Council member states – a true inside snapshot of the informal talks between nations.

Lt. Col. Sadowski left time at the end of the talk for questions and attendees filled up every moment available. YPFP members asked why the United States does not provide more equipment for peacekeeping operations, what changes were ahead stemming from the new DoD and DoS nominations and what was Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and China’s role in the UN. Lt. Col. Sadowski clarified that China has the most blue-helmets of any members of the P5, although it gives less money than other nations.

The talk ended with the attendees lingering and mingling and over wine and hors d’oeuvres. There will be another event in the Global Diplomacy Series in New York later in February.

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