Blue Helmets Under Fire – From Trump

The Trump Administration plans to cut the U.S. contribution to United Nations peacekeeping by $1 billion, from its current level of $2.2 billion, as part of a broader effort by the White House to make other nations contribute their fair share in supporting what it considers bloated international institutions.

The U.S. contributes the most money in actual terms to UN peacekeeping, but “peacekeeping costs are divided according to a formula based on wealth and the ability to veto,” explained Heather Peterson, an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a former civil servant in the Defense Department policy office responsible for UN peacekeeping.

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