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Kofi Annan
1997-2006


Boutros Boutros-Ghali
1992-1996


Flaws in UN's Moral Authority (June 22, 1999)
Boutros Boutros-Ghali highlights the political problems at the United Nations that threaten to weaken the organization's mandate to promote democracy. The former UN Secretary General warns that both the unilateral policies of the US and the apparent unwillingness of other "major" countries to "play any significant role in international affairs" reflect poorly on the UN. (Inter Press Service)

Boutros-Ghali Bites Back (edition June 14, 1999)
In his review of Boutros Boutros-Ghali's book Unvanquished: A US-UN Saga, UN Correspondent Ian Williams of The Nation elaborates on the former Secretary General's difficulties in dealing with US policy toward the UN.

Boutros-Ghali's Book Says Albright and Clinton Betrayed Him (May 24, 1999)
New York Times article on the former Secretary General's book, Unvanquished: A US-UN Saga.

1996 Election of the Secretary General: Commentary & Documents (1996)
Many documents on the dramatic election process that ousted Boutros-Ghali and installed Kofi Annan as Secretary General.


U Thant
1961-1971

Myanmar's U Thant Steered United Nations During Crisis (January 24, 2000)
The Jakarta Post sings praise for the only Asian Secretary General the UN has seen, U Thant. This article compares the humility and governing ability of U Thant to other Secretary Generals.(Jakarta Post)


Dag Hammarskjí¶ld
1953-1961

Letters Say Hammarskjí¶ld Death Western Plot (August 19, 1998)
Reuters article says documents found by South African Truth Commission suggest that Western plot may have been behind the death of former Secretary General Dag Hammarskjí¶ld in 1961.


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