Franklin

Secretary or general? : the UN Secretary-General in world politics / edited by Simon Chesterman. [electronic resource]

Publication:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (296 p.)
Subjects:
International relations.
World politics.
United Nations. Secretary-General.
United Nations -- Management.
Language:
English
Summary:
The Secretary-General of the United Nations is a unique figure in world politics. At once civil servant, the world's diplomat, lackey of the UN Security Council, and commander-in-chief of up to a hundred thousand peacekeepers, he or she depends on states for both the legitimacy and resources that enable the United Nations to function. The tension between these roles - of being secretary or general - has challenged every incumbent. This book brings together the insights of senior UN staff, diplomats and scholars to examine the normative and political factors that shape this unique office with particular emphasis on how it has evolved in response to changing circumstances such as globalization and the onset of the 'war on terror'. The difficulties experienced by each Secretary-General reflect the profound ambivalence of states towards entrusting their security, interests or resources to an intergovernmental body.
Contents:
Foreword / Kofi A. Annan
Introduction : secretary or general? / Simon Chesterman
The evolution of the Secretary-General / Brian E. Urquhart
'The most impossible job' description / Shashi Tharoor
Selecting the world's diplomat / Colin Keating
Relations with the Security Council / James Cockayne and David M. Malone
Good offices and 'groups of friends' / Teresa Whitfield
The bully pulpit / Quang Trinh
The Secretary-General as norm entrepreneur / Ian Johnstone
Pope, pharaoh, or prophet? The Secretary-General after the Cold War / Adekeye Adebajo
Leader, clerk, or policy entrepreneur? The Secretary-General in a complex world / David Kennedy
The Secretary-General's political space / James Traub
The Secretary-General in a unipolar world / Edward C. Luck
Resolving the contradictions of the office / Simon Chesterman and Thomas M. Franck
Appendix. 1. Charter of the United Nations, 26 June 1945
2. Report of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, 23 December 1945
3. General Assembly resolution 11(I), 24 January 1946
4. The "Wisnumurti Guidelines" for selecting a candidate for Secretary-General, 12 November 1996
5. General Assembly resolution 51/241, 22 August 1997
6. Canadian non-paper on the process for the selection of the next Secretary-General, 15 February 2006
7. General Assembly resolution 60/286, 8 September 2006.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-269) and index.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015).
Contributor:
Chesterman, Simon, editor.
ISBN:
1-107-17245-4
1-280-81586-8
0-511-27499-8
0-511-27569-2
0-511-27346-0
0-511-30941-4
0-511-61868-9
0-511-27425-4
OCLC:
171125783
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