Obama's UN ambassador: Peacekeeping missions in global hot spots need Europeans more than ever

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says peacekeeping missions in conflict areas around the world need contributions from European militaries "more than ever."

Speaking Monday in Brussels, Samantha Power said that European nations, which 20 years ago contributed more than 40 percent of U.N. peacekeepers around the world, now provide less than 7 percent.

Power says it is not up to Washington to tell Europe how to maintain peace, "but it is essential that each of us does our fair share."

She says that the U.S. currently has military personnel in more than 100 nations around the world, including 10,000 still in Afghanistan and 2,600 in the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group.