New US/UN Rep a Leading Woman?

01/27/2001
One of the most coveted assignments, the post of United States permanent Representative to the UN may go to one of the three distinguished candidates. In the order of likelihood, they are: Rita Hauser, a New Yorker substantially active in peacekeeping and peacemaking issues and a solid intellectual whose husband Gustav is prominent in the communications field; Elizabeth Dole, former Red Cross chief and wife of stalwart Republican Bob Dole; and the third is a professor in Harvard who headed an NGO delegation to the Beijing women's conference. Representative Lee Hamilton was mentioned as well as Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

Incidentally, it will be full-circle for Ms. Dole if appointed. She had started as a guide at the UN. Despite her husband's political affects on the organization, she kept out of the controversy. Ms. Hauser has many friends in UN circles and has contributed in every way to building bridges between Americaninterest and international concerns.