An update on the most important (downer? political drama?) multilateral meetings this fall, the UN General Assembly session, emphasizing the rule of law, featuring Aung San Suu Kyi, Palestinians still working the angles, and Bill Clinton stealing their thunder:
“Everybody will think of Syria, everybody will speak of Syria, especially in the speeches to the General Assembly, but I don’t see anything substantial on Syria coming out of the meetings,” said one veteran Western diplomat, speaking anonymously under his ministry’s rules.
That would be consistent with the United Nations’ seeming return to the way it operated during the cold war, when the divisions between East and West and rich and poor states meant it provided a venue for discussion but few solutions.
President Obama, wrestling with a difficult election, will practice something like drive-by diplomacy, hosting a reception for world leaders on Monday night and speaking at the official opening on Tuesday.