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Le Roy's Departure a Loss for the U.N.

Friday, July 1, 2011

This week, Alain Le Roy, U.N. undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations, announced that he will stand down in August. Known as a generous man with a healthy distaste for the U.N.'s bureaucratic politics, the former French diplomat will have served for three years. Over that time, he has helped navigate U.N. operations through tough times, from a disaster in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to an unlikely success in Côte d'Ivoire.

When Le Roy joined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's team in the summer of 2008, he faced multiple bureaucratic and operational challenges. His predecessor, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, had worked with Kofi Annan to rebuild U.N. peacekeeping after the fiasco of the 1990s, resulting in a remarkable growth in U.N. operations. The organization commanded 70,000 troops and police officers worldwide, a number that has risen to 100,000 on Le Roy's watch. ...

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