Nominee to be UN ambassador has focused on genocide, human rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Samantha Power — the woman nominated by President Barack Obama today to be the next U.N. ambassador — is a former White House aide, a human rights advocate and an expert on genocide.

She worked on Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and ran the human rights office in the White House. She left the administration in February but was considered the favorite to replace Susan Rice at the U.N.

Power won a Pulitzer Prize for a book examining U.S. foreign policy toward genocide in the 20th century.

According to a biography on the White House website, Power — who is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School — served as a professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she taught courses on U.S. foreign policy, human rights and extremism.

She is seen as a proponent of American intervention on humanitarian grounds.

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