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Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, HKS; William D. Zabel 1961 Professor of Practice in Human Rights, HLS

Abstract

On Monday, Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations for the last decade and one of the world’s most effective diplomats, passed away. I was America’s permanent representative to the United Nations from 2013 until President Trump took office, and over the last few years I was probably Ambassador Churkin’s most visible foe. He faithfully defended President Vladimir V. Putin’s deadly actions in Ukraine and Syria. At the same time, Vitaly was a masterful storyteller with an epic sense of humor, a good friend and one of the best hopes the United States and Russia had of working together. I am heartbroken by his death.

Citation

Power, Samantha. "My Friend, the Russian Ambassador." New York Times. February 25, 2017.