Join Russia Direct for a Google Hangouts discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. EST as we discuss the UN and its current role in world affairs, especially concerning its role in the settlement of regional crises.

Members of the Russian delegation at the San Francisco conference (April 25 - June 26, 1945) reading the news of the end of the World War II. Photo: UN

On Sept. 23, join a special Russia Direct webcast on the UN and its current role in world affairs. This year’s session of the UN General Assembly in New York is shaping up to be a particularly important and symbolic event, and not just because it marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

With the outbreak of new regional crises around the world – including Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya - the role of the UN has started to be questioned more frequently. For this reason, the 70th anniversary session is expected to bring up crucial issues and present different visions and plans of how those issues should be managed.

Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to address the General Assembly on the morning of Sept. 28, which is a long awaited move since his last address to the UN in 2005.

Video by Pavel Inzhelevsky

Moderated by Alexey Khlebnikov, the Senior Editor of Russia Direct, the webcast will feature the following participants:

- Richard Gowan, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University and a Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations;

- Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs and Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy.

What questions will we answer during the webcast?

1.      What is the role of the UN in resolving current regional crises (Ukraine, Syria, Yemen, Libya)?

2.      How do the P5 members of the UNSC view the UN? Are their perceptions different? 

3.      Is it possible to find solutions for regional conflicts within the UN?

4.      Is the UN losing its credibility as an international arbiter?

5.      Does the UN as an international institution really need to be reformed?

6.      What are the expectations from the 70th UNGA session? Could it possibly become a milestone in the history of global affairs?

You can tune in by going to the Russia Direct Google+ Channel on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 4:00 p.m. Moscow time (9:00 a.m. EST). Also you can register here.

Have questions regarding the UN and the upcoming 70th anniversary session? Submit them to before the discussion for a chance to have your question addressed! Also, you can ask your questions via Twitter using the hashtag #RDwebcast.