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May 29, 2012

United States
Kofi Annan’s Test

Kofi Annan arrived in Syria today. His peace plan is in ruins, all the more visibly after this weekend’s atrocities: the killing of hundreds in the village of Houla. Annan called this "an appalling c…

August 22, 2018

United Nations
The UN Kofi Annan Left Behind

In an op-ed recently published in Foreign Policy, I write about the legacy of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the United Nations. Kofi Annan, who died last weekend, was arguably the most co…

Former Secretary-General Kofi Annan addresses a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva on August 2, 2012.

August 21, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Kofi Annan, Champion for Women’s Rights

Kofi Annan—the seventh secretary-general of the UN—passed away last week. He should be remembered not only for his work to fight poverty and promote economic development, but also his efforts to impl…

Kofi Annan at the United Nations in Geneva on July 20, 2012.

April 25, 2012

Save Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan is a very nice man. All the people around the world who would second that notion, or indeed advance it with great energy, should be joining together now to salvage his reputation. As Secr…

September 24, 2019

United Nations
The Role of the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly hosts a much-watched debate of world leaders each year but has struggled to make its work more substantive. The seventy-fourth session will likely be dominated by issues inclu…

UN Secretary-General speaks at a podium before delegates at the UN headquarters in New York.

August 26, 2019

International Organizations
The Role of the UN Secretary-General

The United Nations’ top leadership position has broad authority to steer the organization’s agenda, but its impact has varied widely since 1946.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres adjusts his tie.

April 5, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Syria’s Friends Meet, Kofi Announces a Deadline, and Egypt’s Brotherhood Fields a Candidate

Significant Middle East Developments Syria. The Friends of Syria group held its second ministerial conference on Sunday to discuss UN special envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria. Meeting in Ista…

Supporters of presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party Khairat al-Shater, cheer while carrying banners bearing images of him, as he presents recommendation documents to the Higher Presidential Elections Commission (HPEC) headquarters in Cairo on April 5, 2012 (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters).

March 16, 2004

Global
The David A. Morse Lecture with Kofi Annan: The United Nations and Global Security in the 21st Century

RICHARD HAASS: We thank you all for your patience. I'm Richard Haass. I'm president of the Council on Foreign Relations. And I want to welcome you all tonight to the council for this year's David A. …

January 10, 2019

Ethiopia
David Pilling's African Year in Review

He recalls the popular challenge now underway against Omar al-Bashir’s rule in Sudan; the deaths of Kofi Annan, the first African secretary General of UN, and Winnie Mandela, a flawed leader of the South African liberation movement; the highly positive emergence of the reform-minded Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian prime minister; and the international attention to Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege, who won a Nobel Peace prize for his work with rape victims.

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December 28, 2018

Global
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2018

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2018 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Kofi Annan addresses a news conference UN headquarters in New York, 1997. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen.