A: The security of the United States is unacceptably endangered without a cooperative respectful relationship with Russia. The problems that divide us cannot be solved by war.
The Charter of the United Nations obliges the Permanent Members of the Security Council to work together to prevent war. The Ukraine, Syria, the refugee and migration flow which threatens the stability of all of our European allies, the increasing threat of nuclear confrontation — all of these crises demand that diplomacy find a way to restore sanity to our deliberations and avoid a resumption of the Cold War. Those who have the power to make peace possible will bear the obloquy of history if war becomes their choice.
Ambassador vanden Heuvel served as U.S. Ambassador to United Nations from 1979 to 1981 and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations European Office from 1977 to 1979.Former Senior Partner, now Of Counsel to the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, he is also Senior Advisor to Allen & Company, a New York investment banking firm. He is Chairman and CEO of Amromco Energy LLC. Ambassador vanden Heuvel has served as President of the International Rescue Committee; Chairman of the New York City Board of Corrections and as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Nations Association.