As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield represents the United States’ global interests. Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat with more than 35 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, joins Washington Post Live as we approach the one-year mark of the Biden administration to discuss its foreign policy track record so far, and its goal to strengthen democracy and oppose the rise of authoritarianism around the world. Join Washington Post opinions writer Jonathan Capehart on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Highlights

“Any actions that we’ve seen that the Russians have taken that may indicate that they’re moving forward will cause us to ramp up our efforts as well… The Secretary’s trip to Ukraine, announced this morning, is part of that ramp up of engagement.” (Washington Post Live)
“Actions show us that they are making moves that would suggest that they have plans to invade Ukraine… should they decide to take that step, they know what our response will be… We will respond aggressively.” (Washington Post Live)
“I don’t agree that talks have broken down. We are continuing to engage with the Russians.” (Washington Post Live)
“We’ve said that we will apply sanctions to the Russians and they know what those sanctions will entail… The Russians know to expect them and they know the impact they will have on the Russian economy.” (Washington Post Live)
“We’re prepared… to take the necessary actions to respond to Russian aggression, including in New York at the Security Council… If the Russians make the decision to invade Ukraine, this is an attack on the entire U.N. charter. It is an attack on peace and security around the globe.” (Washington Post Live)
“If Putin is calculating that he can pressure the President because of the challenges that the President is working diligently on here in the United States, I think it’s a miscalculation...it's an extraordinary miscalculation.” (Washington Post Live)
“The alliance is unified. We have engaged very, very closely with our European colleagues both in Brussels, in their capitols, but also in New York.” (Washington Post Live)
“We have made our position clear. We will not send a diplomatic representation to China to represent the United States at the games...as a true leader, we need to raise our concerns.” (Washington Post Live)

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. to be the Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations as well as the Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations on January 20, 2021. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 23, 2021, and sworn in on February 24, 2021 by the Vice President of the United States of America.

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career diplomat, returned to public service after retiring from a 35-year career with the U.S. Foreign Service in 2017. From 2013 to 2017 she served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, where she led the bureau focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2012-2013), leading a team in charge of the State Department’s 70,000-strong workforce.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s distinguished Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia (2008-2012), and postings in Switzerland (at the United States Mission to the United Nations, Geneva), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. In Washington, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (2004-2006).

After retiring from the U.S. State Department in 2017, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield led the Africa Practice at Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic commercial diplomacy firm chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She was also the inaugural Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University from fall 2017 to spring 2019.

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield was the 2017 recipient of University of Minnesota Hubert Humphrey Public Leadership Award, the 2015 recipient of the Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award and the 2000 recipient of the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate. She received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Wisconsin in May 2018 and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Liberia in May 2012.