Now That He’s Won the Race for Secretary-General, How Will Guterres Run the U.N.?

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General-designate, at an informal meeting of the General Assembly, New York, Oct. 19, 2016 (U.N. photo by Manuel Elias).
Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General-designate, at an informal meeting of the General Assembly, New York, Oct. 19, 2016 (U.N. photo by Manuel Elias).
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Does anyone still remember this year’s race to be the next secretary-general of the United Nations? It only ended a few weeks ago, but it already feels like distant history. The victor, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres, is hard at work on his transition plans. Diplomats and U.N. officials are impressed. The new boss, who will take office in January, is consistently articulate and well-informed. It is odd to recall that, as recently as late September, many observers believed that Guterres would run into Russian and Chinese opposition to his candidacy, and that the contest to run the U.N. […]

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