Posted by Arab American Institute on January 17, 2017 in Blog


Nikki Haley will will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, January 18th at 10:00am.

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Nikki Haley has served as the Governor of South Carolina since 2011. Haley is the first female Governor of South Carolina and is the youngest current governor in the United States. She is the second Indian-American, after Bobby Jindal, to serve as a U.S. governor. Before she was elected Governor, Nikki Haley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005-2011. Haley was a successful businesswoman, deeply involved in small business associations and chambers of commerce prior to entering public service.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations is charged with representing the United States at the United Nations (U.N.) including at the U.N. Security Council during plenary meetings of the U.N. General Assembly. At the U.N., the U.S. Ambassador conducts global diplomacy, working in concert with other countries to address any number of global challenges from human rights, to climate change initiatives, to public health campaigns, to poverty alleviation, and more. The Ambassador keeps the U.S. Department of State informed of events at the United Nations and makes recommendations to the Department and the President as to what course of action the United States should pursue.  

Governor Haley is a nontraditional pick for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a position which is typically held by someone with extensive experience with international diplomacy and a record of working on transnational issues of concern. Because of Gov. Haley’s virtually blank record on matters that will be under her purview if confirmed by the Senate, we call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members to question her on her views regarding:

  • The major transnational issues she, as Ambassador to the United Nations, would prioritize. How would Gov. Haley prioritize cooperation with other nations to address climate change, human rights, public health response, and terrorism?
  • Will Gov. Haley uphold the precedent and principles set forth by the U.S. abstention from UNSCR 2334, that condemned Israeli settlement growth as illegal under international law and detrimental to the peace process?
  • Will Gov. Haley fight Congress and the Trump administration to continue funding to the United Nations in spite of Congressional efforts to defund the United Nations should the Palestinian Authority join?
  • How does Gov. Haley view last year’s move by the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO after the Palestinian Authority joined the body?
  • Would Gov. Haley advocate to maintain generous U.S. funding of United Nations agencies to manage part of the global refugee resettlement program? What would Gov. Haley’s refugee assistance advocacy look like?