Why Ban Ki-moon Might Deserve a Fond Farewell at the U.N. After All

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during an interview with the Associated Press, Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 16, 2016 (AP photo by Mosa'ab Elshamy).
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during an interview with the Associated Press, Marrakech, Morocco, Nov. 16, 2016 (AP photo by Mosa'ab Elshamy).

This may be one of the last times I write about Ban Ki-moon, a thought that makes me unexpectedly melancholic. The United Nations secretary-general will hand over his duties to Antonio Guterres at the end of the month, after 10 years in office. Over that time, I estimate that I have written about 50,000 to 60,000 words about Ban’s performance, in addition to more general pieces on U.N. diplomacy. Quite a few of those words have been unkind: I have frequently criticized Ban for being too cautious, too hidebound by protocol and too slow to grasp many of the U.N.’s […]

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