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Peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan on patrol close to Bor, South Sudan, Jan. 21, 2016 (U.N. photo by JC McIlwaine).

Why the Next U.N. Secretary-General May End Up Regretting Winning the Job

Richard Gowan Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

The race to be the new United Nations secretary-general is almost over. The winner may end up envying the losers. After much shadowboxing, the Security Council begins a decisive round of polls on Wednesday. For the first time in this year’s selection process, the five veto-wielding powers will use colored ballots to indicate those candidates they want to block.

Most of the 10 contenders are likely to find they have no way forward. The front-runner remains former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, although Bulgarian EU official Kristalina Georgieva has shaken up the race by joining at the last second. ...

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