The Race for Secretary-General Is Over. What’s Next for Guterres and the U.N.?

Antonio Guterres while serving as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Athens, Greece, Oct. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Petros Giannakouris).
Antonio Guterres while serving as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Athens, Greece, Oct. 12, 2015 (AP photo by Petros Giannakouris).
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The race to become the next United Nations secretary-general has reached its conclusion. After months of extensive speculation and uncertainty, the Security Council informally announced that former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres has been chosen for the job, with a formal vote scheduled for tomorrow. WPR columnist Richard Gowan has closely followed the race to succeed Ban Ki-moon. This compilation of his analysis assesses the organization that Guterres will inherit and explains what’s at stake moving forward.

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Ban’s Legacy

For Obama-Ban Odd Couple, Farewells but No Victory Lap at U.N.

The U.N. Faces Existential Tests in Aleppo and South Sudan
Parting Shot: Can Ban Ki-moon Save U.N. Peacekeeping?
‘Carnivores’ Battle ‘Herbivores’ for Future of U.N.’s Peacemaking Soul

Getting to Guterres

Still Want the Job? The Next U.N. Secretary-General’s Daunting To-Do List
Ban’s U.N. Successor: Messiahs Need Not Apply
Will the Cost of Becoming the Next Secretary-General Be a Less Western U.N.?
Why the Next U.N. Secretary-General May End Up Regretting Winning the Job

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