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The Next Secretary-General: How to Fill a Job With No Description

Author: Brian Urquhart
September/October 2006
Foreign Affairs


The UN's top job is one of the hardest, and least defined, in the world. Canny officeholders have managed to turn it into an open-ended diplomatic and humanitarian post, but much depends on personality. So when the UN picks a new chief this year, it should focus on character; that, not experience, is the key to success.

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