Samantha Jane Power is an Irish-American academic, author and diplomat born on September 21, 1970. Samantha Power served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, after succeeding Susan Rice. Before joining politics, Samantha Power worked as a war correspondent and journalist. She covered human rights issues during the Yugoslav Wars in 1993- 1996 for U.S. News & World Report.
Power is an avowed supporter of Barack Obama and a key figure in his administration. She served as senior Foreign Affairs Adviser and Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights during Obama’s tenure as senator and president.
Ambassador Power is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School. She is the first Anna Lindh Professor of practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Her book “Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” explains U.S. foreign policy response to genocide. The book won Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and Barnard College Award in 2015.
Ambassador Power is listed as the 41st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2016 and 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.
Ambassador Power has represented United States effectively on several diplomatic missions including: the Syria War in 2013, the crisis in Ukraine, the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria, Iran nuclear deal, Israelis and Palestinians settlement deal and more.
Samantha Power is an advocate of Human Rights and equality. She proposes the use of military power in the defense of Human Rights in wars, the idea was however criticized. During her tenure in office, Power focused on such issues as United Nations reform, Women’s rights and LGBT rights, religious freedom and religious minorities rights, refugees, human trafficking, and democracy.
She is a recipient of multiple awards including the 2015 Barnard Medal of Distinction. Mrs power is married to law professor Cass Sunstein and blessed with two kids. Her ability to live successfully in both world of career and family makes her a role model for young aspiring women and IR Digests personality of the week.