This afternoon, the United Nations Security Council will hold its one and only formal session of the week and the U.S. delegation is entitled to bring one reporter with them to report on the event from inside the chamber itself. They've chosen none other than your humble Cable guy.
That's right, The Cable will be in the room with Ambassador Susan Rice and a host of heads of state and heads of government from the other 14 Security Council member countries. The subject of the high level event is preventive diplomacy. It is the only event in the Security Council this week's U.N. General Assembly. The meeting will be chaired by the President of Lebanon Michel Sleiman. Other heads of state in attendance will be Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Colombia, Gabon, Nigeria and South Africa. Portugal will be represented by its prime minister, while the remaining council members will be represented at the level of foreign minister.
At a Security Council session last July, the secretary-general presented a report that describes the relevance of preventive diplomacy across the conflict spectrum and as part of broader, nationally owned strategies to promote peace. At today's session, Security Council members will discuss the report and address such questions as: How can the Security Council strengthen its role in preventive diplomacy? How can the sources of tension and potential conflict be more readily identified and acted upon? How can peacekeeping missions be built on in order to mitigate the effects of conflicts and prevent their spread? How can the requirements of preventive diplomacy be reconciled with the prerogatives of State sovereignty when they appear to conflict?
And as with any U.N. event where there are open microphones, who knows what other topics could be raised...
We'll be covering this event here on The Cable and also tweeting from inside the Security Council chamber in real time (@joshrogin).
John Hudson reports on national security and foreign policy from the Pentagon to Foggy Bottom, the White House to Embassy Row, for The Cable.