Juergen Dedring spent more than twenty years at the United Nations, including thirteen doing analytical work directly related to the deliberations and decisions of the Security Council. Retired from the UN since 1996, he teaches political science at the City College of New York and New York University.
The fifteen essays in this volume discuss the new complexity and salience of the role of the UN Secretary-General and its current incumbent, Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Not only is the role analyzed in relationship to a rapidly changing climate of world politics, but it is also examined in relationship to the backgrounds and experiences of the earlier Secretaries-General from Trygve Lie, Dag Hammarskjold, U Thant, and Kurt Waldheim, to Javier Perez de Cuellar. All those concerned with the UN, international organizations, and international administration will find this volume interesting reading.