Jeffrey Laurenti

Jeffrey Laurenti has served as director of Policy Studies at the United Nations Association of the USA and was senior fellow at The Century Foundation (TCF) on international affairs. He has served as Director for TCF’s international task force on Afghanistan in its regional and multilateral dimensions and as co-director of TCF’s peace and security initiative with the Center for American Progress. He is the author of numerous monographs on subjects such as international peace and security, terrorism, UN reform, international law and justice, and other issues dealt with by the multilateral system. Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in government from Harvard University, Laurenti earned his Master's in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He speaks Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.

Is Nikki Haley Hoping to Climb the Ladder?

Aug 07, 2017

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley could be a mortal threat to the ambitions of the many white male Republicans hungering for the Oval Office. The uncanny success of Nikki Haley in becoming the most public and quotable voice on President Donald Trump’s foreign policy team, combined with the telegenic UN ambassador’s...

Trump Upends US Foreign Policy… And He’s Not Even Sworn In

Jan 05, 2017

The one foreign policy arena where Trump’s post-election moves are arousing bipartisan political resistance in Washington is Russia. Never has a president-elect so roiled American foreign policy before even taking office. On a dizzying range of fronts—Russia, China, Europe, the Middle East—Donald Trump has dissented from longstanding US policy, challenged...

“Foreign Fighters” Reach the Security Council

Oct 18, 2014

Obama’s UN “foreign terrorist fighter” resolution follows templates set by the Bush administration.  The escalating international response to this summer’s victories and barbarities of the self-styled caliphate of the “Islamic State” of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) dominated headlines when world leaders convened for the opening of the United Nations...

Obama’s Tenuous Middle East Coalition

Oct 02, 2014

At the UN, Obama sought strong support for his campaign to defeat ISIS, but the coalition turns out to be tenuous. US President Barack Obama devoted nearly half of his 39-minute address at the United Nations General Assembly appealing to world leaders to join Washington in turning back the jihadist...

Qaddafi's Ghost and the ISIS Campaign

Sep 09, 2014

Muammar Qaddafi’s ghost has hovered over every effort to find a solution to Syria’s catastrophic civil war. President Barack Obama will seek Americans’ support for a carefully tailored, multi-year strategy to “defeat” the shadowy Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Unlike the other localized war into which Obama...

Afghans' Vote Re-Shuffles the Diplomatic Deck

Apr 07, 2014

Amid the country's presidential election, Afghans have created new opportunities for Afghanistan. Afghans' surprisingly enthusiastic participation in their presidential campaign and the election on April 5 should jolt citizens and foreigners alike out of their pessimism about the country's future. Afghanistan is on its way to having its first unequivocally...

Credible Threats and Credible Outcomes on Syria's Gas

Sep 25, 2013

Syria's appalling civil war must come to an end. The agreement that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently hammered out in Geneva will, if implemented, prove a milestone in the century-long effort to contain the horrors of modern war. For the first time,...

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