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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a news conference, Feb. 1, 2017, New York (AP photo by Mary Altaffer).

Can Guterres Turn the U.N.’s Bureaucrats Into Heroes?

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

All bureaucracies need heroes. The employees of most large organizations spend their days taking notes and bickering over their vacation dates. They require a few exemplary individuals, past or present, to inspire them. Bankers laud the financial wizards who landed big deals. Lawyers lionize the legal eagles who won famous cases.

The United Nations is no different. U.N. officials tend to be smart, highly educated and distinctly frustrated by the organization’s struggle to stay relevant on the world stage. Anyone who has encountered this admirably cosmopolitan tribe of officials knows that they are also collectively obsessed by their right to travel business class. ...

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