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Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power
     

Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power

by James Traub
 

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ISBN-10: 0312426747

ISBN-13: 2900312426742

Pub. Date: 10/30/2007

Publisher: Picador

During his first term as secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan was one of the most widely admired men in the world. In 2001, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Then the UN failed to stop war in Iraq and genocide in Darfur, and the institution was engulfed by the Oil-for-Food scandal. By the time Annan left office in December 2006, both he and the UN had

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During his first term as secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan was one of the most widely admired men in the world. In 2001, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Then the UN failed to stop war in Iraq and genocide in Darfur, and the institution was engulfed by the Oil-for-Food scandal. By the time Annan left office in December 2006, both he and the UN had suffered a terrible loss of standing.

Did the UN's failures arise from its own structure and culture or from a clash with an American administration determined to go its own way in defiance of world opinion? In The Best Intentions, New York Times Magazine writer James Traub traces the entwined histories of Kofi Annan and the UN from 1992 to the present, and offers a definitive portrait of the institution's role in the age of American dominance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900312426742
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
10/30/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
528

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Part I
A Greater Magna Carta...     3
A Gold Coast Man     29
Peace, Not Justice     44
The American Candidate     67
Kofi in the Lion's Den     83
Bosnia Never Again     102
The Exquisite Ironies of Benevolent Colonialism     124
Romancing Cousin Jesse     146
Who's Going to Run Afghanistan?     169
Saddam's Pyrrhic Victory     187
"What Did They Die For?"     212
Part II
The Security Council Fiddles While Darfur Burns     233
The Gentle King and His Court     255
Two Cheers-If That-for Diplomacy     266
Oil-for-Food: The Witch Hunt     281
Kofi Briefly Rescued by Disaster     305
Nice Guys Get Crushed     316
"They're Laughing at Us in Khartoum"     339
Oil-for-Food: The Nightmare     359
The Black Hole of Kinshasa     377
America's Interest in UN Reform Is...What, Exactly?     399
John Bolton's Nuclear Strategy     415
Model UN     445
Epilogue     453
Afterword     469
A Note on Sources     479
Acknowledgments     483
Index     485

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