Secretary or General?: The UN Secretary-General in World Politics

By: Simon Chesterman (ed.)

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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. • Coinciding with the first changeover of Secretary-General in 10 years, this book will shape discussion within the UN and the public domain as a new team assumes office after a period of crisis • Contributions from a key group of former diplomats, UN officials and academics including people who have worked closely with the Secretary-General brings key insights into the theory and practice of the United Nations • Expands on different aspects of the Secretary-General's role allowing both depth of analysis and some real world policy prescriptions Contents Foreword Kofi A. Annan; Introduction Simon Chesterman; Part I. Defining and Refining the Job Description: 1. The evolution of the Secretary-General Brian E. Urquhart; 2. 'The most impossible job' description Shashi Tharoor; 3. Selecting the world's diplomat Colin Keating; Part II. Maintaining Peace and Security: 4. Relations with the Security Council James Cockayne and David M. Malone; 5. Good offices and 'groups of friends' Teresa Whitfield; 6. The bully pulpit Quang Trinh; Part III. Normative and Political Dilemmas: 7. The Secretary-General as norm entrepreneur Ian Johnstone; 8. Pope, pharaoh, or prophet? The Secretary-General after the Cold War Adekeye Adebajo; 9. Leader, clerk, or policy entrepreneur? The Secretary-General in a complex world David Kennedy; Part IV. Independence and the Future: 10. The Secretary-General's political space James Traub; 11. The Secretary-General in a unipolar world Edward C. Luck; 12. Resolving the contradictions of the office Simon Chesterman and Thomas M. Franck; Appendix. Reviews. Printed Pages: 294 with 4 tables.

Title: Secretary or General?: The UN Secretary-General in World Politics

Author Name: Simon Chesterman (ed.)

Categories: History, Culture, and Politics,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press: 2007

ISBN: 0521699584

ISBN 13: 9780521699587

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Brand New

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Size: 155 x 230 Mm

Seller ID: 019986

Keywords: Secretary General