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• Foreign assistance has not led recipients to
support U.S. positions in the United Nations.
• On the contrary, most recipients of U.S. assis-
tance vote against the U.S. more often than
they vote with it on non-consensus votes and
non-consensus important votes.
• Politically and economically free countries
are more likely to support U.S. positions on
non-consensus votes and important votes in
the U.N. General Assembly.
• Forging freedom coalitions in the United
Nations is a practical strategy for working
with other nations to promote mutual goals,
positions, and policy objectives.
• The United States should work with Secre-
tary General Ban Ki Moon both to pursue
freedom coalitions in the United Nations
and to build support for U.N. reform.
March 26, 2007
U.S. Aid Does Not Build Support at the U.N.
Brett D. Schaefer and Anthony B. Kim
The United States’ relationship with the United
Nations is complex. The U.S. has vast and varied
national interests in every region of the world, and the
U.N. and its affiliated organizations have potential
utility in helping the U.S. address foreign policy prior-
ities. It is clearly in the interest of the United States to
engage the United Nations to advance U.S. priorities,
to address secondary or tertiary problems, and to facil-
itate cooperation with other nations in addressing
A key venue for analyzing support for U.S. diplo-
matic initiatives is the U.N. General Assembly, which
conducts discussions and adopts reso