Wednesday, 17 December 2014

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Samantha Power appointed as UN envoy to the US

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Dublin-born former White House aid, Samantha Power, has been appointed by President Obama as the next US Ambassador to the UN. She will replace Susan Rice in the office.

Former journalist and award-winning author, Ms. Power, was a special assistant to the President and until earlier this year, senior director of multilateral affairs and human rights at the National Security Council.

Ms. Power is originally from the Dublin suburb Castleknock and lived there until age of 9, after which she moved with her family to the United States.


She is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide (2002) and Chasing the Flame: Sergio Viera de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008). Power has served as a columnist at Time Magazine and, in her journalism, has reported from such places as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributed regularly to the New Yorker Magazine, the New York Review of Books, and the New Republic.