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Still Crusading, but Now on the Inside - Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times
For nearly 20 years, since her days as a young war correspondent in Bosnia, Ms. Power has championed the idea that nations have a moral obligation to prevent genocide. Now, from her perch on the National Security Council, she is in a position to make that case to the commander in chief—and to watch him translate her ideas into action.
april 2011 by jrick
Samantha Power Brings Activist Role Inside to Help Persuade Obama on Libya - Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Hans Nichols, Bloomberg
She played a role, along with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and other NSC advisers, in convincing Obama to push for a UN Security Council resolution to authorize a coalition military force to protect Libyan civilians.
march 2011 by jrick
How Obama turned on a dime toward war | The Cable, March 18, 2011
"This is the greatest opportunity to realign our interests and our values," a senior administration official said at the meeting, telling the experts this sentence came from Obama himself. The president was referring to the broader change going on in the Middle East and the need to rebalance U.S. foreign policy toward a greater focus on democracy and human rights.

Inside the administration, senior officials were lined up on both sides.

[Rice's] instructions were to get a resolution that would give the international community broad authority to achieve Qaddafi's removal, including the use of force beyond the imposition of a no-fly zone.
Obama  Obama_administration  hillary_clinton  foreign_policy  R2P  UNSCR1973  humanitarianIntervention  Samantha_Power  Michael_McFaul  Denis_McDonough  Robert_Gates  Thomas_Donilon  NSC  Joe_Biden  internal_struggle  regime_change  unnamed_official  decision_making 
march 2011 by elizrael
Europe Pressure, Arab Support Helped Turn U.S. -, March 19, 2011
Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's leader, himself helped, unifying the U.N. powers with a relentless military campaign that threatened to snuff out a pro-democracy rebellion and set off a bloodbath among rebels and civilians. That prospect alarmed Obama advisors including U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and National Security Council staffer Samantha Power. Both had made their names in part by arguing the West's inaction during the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s made it morally complicit.

"Susan Rice didn't want a Rwanda on her hands," said a senior Arab diplomat deeply involved in the negotiations.

Two days later came the first public sign of a shift, when the Arab League endorsed the no-fly zone. That paid immediate diplomatic dividends, U.S. officials said, as Russia quickly indicated it wouldn't veto a new resolution and China followed suit.
Obama_administration  Libya  DoD  Susan_Rice  Samantha_Power  France  UK  UNSCR1973  Obama  NFZ 
march 2011 by elizrael
Obama NSC meets with Egypt democracy advocates - Laura Rozen, Nov 2, 2010
the meeting comes in the midst of the Obama administration conducting a review of its policy on democracy in the Middle East, and a significantly stepped-up focus by senior Obama administration officials on the Egyptian democracy issue in particular.

It may also be a sign as well that Ross and Shapiro basically had both time and reason to devote to the issue because the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is currently on hold, and the Obama administration is “looking for a positive agenda in the region to talk about," a participant posited. The Obama administration is also concerned, he suggested, that its previous diplomatic efforts to press Cairo in private conversations and in written statements to repeal its Emergency Law and to accept international elections monitors have been rejected or ignored.
Obama_administration  democracy_promotion  NSC  Dennis_Ross  Samantha_Power  Elliott_Abrams  Egypt  emergency_law  election_monitoring  EgyptElection  PR 
november 2010 by elizrael
Hillary’s incredible, shrinking role . The, February 9, 2009
The power of the secretary of State flows directly from the president. But Hillary does not have the inside track with Obama. Rice and Powers, close advisers in the campaign, and Gen. Jones — whose office is in the White House — all may have superior access. Holbrooke and Mitchell will have more immediate information about the world’s trouble spots.
hillary_clinton  foreign_policy  internal_struggle  Susan_Rice  Joe_Biden  James_Jones  personal  state_department  Richard_Holbrooke  George_Mitchell  Samantha_Power 
february 2009 by elizrael
Democracy Now! | Samantha Power on “Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World" Pt. II
one of obama's foreign policy advisors (at the time of the interview) talks about the subject of her latest book, a UN troubleshooter guy. As of March 2008 she's been fired but is more famous than ever because of it.
samantha_power  diplomacy  UN  book  video  transcript  audio  obama  biography  interview  international  war 
march 2008 by rajsandhu
Power Line: The book tour from hell
Obama has a "JEW" problem and it starts with Samantha Power.
Samantha_Power  2008  Barack_Obama 
march 2008 by Flap

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