‘08 candidates see different roles for U.N.

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The New York Democrat appears more willing than her rivals to make use of the United Nations. On the campaign trail, she has promised to operationalize the principle that all nations have the responsibility to protect civilians when their own government cannot or will not.

In adopting the responsibility to protect, or R2P, as it is known, the United Nations accepted the principle that mass atrocities that take place in one state are the concern of all states, she said, adding that a Clinton administration would recognize the prevention of mass atrocities as a national security interest, not just a humanitarian goal.

She would also see that U.N. peacekeeping is made more effective, to better perform the complex missions that are asked of it, said Clinton campaign foreign-policy adviser Lee Feinstein.

Peacekeeping needs to be able to deploy rapidly and she thinks the U.S. has a lot more it can do to approve the U.N. capability to be effective, he said.

That means paying for missions Washington approves in the Security Council, but also providing more support, such as training, working with [the department] at headquarters, financial, a whole range of things that the Pentagon itself says could happen.

Like the other advisers, Mr. Feinstein declined to say whether Mrs. Clinton would put American troops under a U.N. command.

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