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UN Expert Weighs in On US Ambassador Pick  

Martin Edwards Martin Edwards, associate professor and department chair of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, recently gave his expert analysis on the nomination of Kelly Knight Craft to be the United States' ambassador to the United Nations.

Edwards spoke to Energy and Environment News about how Craft can be expected to handle the UN's new climate initiatives, including the proposed Climate Action Summit in New York in the fall.

"The U.S. is, I am sure, going to have very little to do with the climate summit," Edwards said. "So the U.S. and [U.N. Secretary General Antonio] Guterres will agree to disagree here. Guterres will have the climate summit, and Trump will grandstand about it in his speech to the [General Assembly]."

Edwards is a widely sought out expert and thought leader on international organizations, especially the United Nations and International Monetary Fund. Edwards is regularly cited and quoted in major media outlets including Inter Press Service, Yahoo News, Bloomberg and Newsweek.

In 2018, Edwards published his book, The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance. The book looks at the impact of economic surveillance activities by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and International Monetary Fund (IMF). Edwards' research seeks to develop a better understanding of how surveillance by the IMF and WTO works – and how it doesn't. In the book, Edwards examines how and in what contexts surveillance by the WTO and IMF is influential and how variations in institutional design shape its effectiveness. Edwards moves on to offer recommendations of how surveillance can be designed differently to make it more effective in the future. In 2018 the IMF invited Edwards to present his book's findings to its Strategy, Policy and Review Department as part of its comprehensive review of its surveillance activities.

Edwards is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including a research fellowship from the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy and an award from the National Science Foundation's Political Science for his study, "Research at Undergraduate Institutions: The Political Economy of IMF Surveillance." In 2013 Edwards was named Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Since joining the Seton Hall faculty in 2011, Edwards has received multiple awards for his teaching and scholarship. In 2015 and 2017, Edwards was named the Teacher of the Year in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Also in 2015, Edwards was named Teacher of the Year across Seton Hall's schools and colleges.

Published by Routledge, the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance is now available.

Click here to see the book's Google Review.

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