Diplomacy: Drawing Back to the Board

Drawing Back to the Board

At the end of last year the U.S. pulled out of the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to protest the agency's mismanagement and anti-Western policies. Last week the U.S. was back --not as a member, but as an observer. Despite the opposition of the agency's Senegalese director general, Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, UNESCO's 50-nation executive board voted to admit a U.S. observer mission to the agency. It was only one of several victories for the U.S. at the five-day meeting. The board also rejected a Soviet bid to cut costs by firing UNESCO's 143 American employees. And it sidestepped...

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