Will America Really Leave the UN Human Rights Council?

In the lead-up to Ambassador Nikki Haley’s speech at the Graduate Institute of Geneva last week, some media outlets speculated that the former South Carolina governor would raise the prospect of the United States exiting the United Nations Human Rights Council. “The United States is expected to signal on Tuesday that it might withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council unless reforms are ushered in including the removal of what it sees as an ‘anti-Israel bias,’” reported Reuters on the eve of Haley’s address. Ultimately, the dramatic predictions surrounding the speech did not materialize. While the American ambassador to the UN chided the council for its focus on Israel and allowing nations with poor human-rights records to gain leadership positions, she did not make the expected ultimatum.