Pres. Obama speaks at the UN General Assembly on Sept. 23, 2010. (Henny Ray Abrams/AP)President Barack Obama arrived in New York on Monday to join world leaders at the biggest annual diplomatic cocktail party of the year. That is, the flurry of events that surround the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Here are four things to watch for this week.
1. Who gets a meeting with Obama--and who does not.
Obama's approval ratings may have slumped in the United States, but he remains the star attraction at the United Nations. Face time with the president is a potent reward for world leaders; denying it can send an equally powerful signal.
Among those on the list who will meet with Obama in New York this week: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyuahu, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Libyan transition leader Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, new Japanese Prime Minister Noda, European allies including British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and new South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir.
Who is missing? Notably, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Washington is pointedly signaling its displeasure at Abbas for his refusal so far to heed Washington's demands to abandon plans to seek an upgrade of Palestine's official status at the UN, in the absence of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.Read More »from Four things to watch as Obama heads to the United Nations