go to top
Montenegro’s foreign minister, Igor Lusic, delivers his presentation for his candidacy for U.N. secretary-general, April 12, 2016, New York (U.N. photo by Rick Bajornas).

Secretary-General Candidates Fail in Bid to Make U.N. Hearings Boring

Monday, April 18, 2016

Few analysts have lost money betting on a United Nations debate to be dull. There are exceptions. Fans of U.N. diplomacy cite the time in 1960 that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev banged his shoe on the table during a heated General Assembly session. Harold Macmillan, the patrician then-British prime minister whose speech Khrushchev interrupted, paused to ask for a translation from the Russian.

Such moments of multilateral hilarity are sadly rare, however. So I felt all too comfortable last week when I predicted that a series of General Assembly hearings with candidates for the post of U.N. secretary-general would fall flat. I had, after all, read their vision statements in advance. They were all awfully wooden. ...

To read more,

enter your email address then choose one of the three options below.

Subscribe to World Politics Review and you'll receive instant access to 10,000+ articles in the World Politics Review Library, along with new comprehensive analysis every weekday . . . written by leading topic experts.