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The UN secretary-general and moral authority : ethics and religion in international leadership

Author: Kent J Kille
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Once described by Trygve Lie as the "most impossible job on earth," the position of UN secretary-general is as frustratingly constrained as it is prestigious. The secretary-general's ability to influence global affairs often depends on how the international community regards his moral authority." "In The UN Secretary-General and Moral Authority, contributors provide case studies of all seven former  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kent J Kille
ISBN: 9781589011809 1589011805
OCLC Number: 123079035
Description: x, 370 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Moral authority and the UN secretary-general's ethical framework / Kent J. Kille --
Seeking balance : the secretary-general as normative negotiator / Dorothy V. Jones --
The house that Trygve Lie built : ethical challenges as the first UN secretary-general / James P. Muldoon, Jr. --
The UN Charter, the New Testament, and Psalms : the moral authority of Dag Hammarskjöld / Alynna J. Lyon --
U Thant : Buddhism in action / A. Walter Dorn --
An ethical enigma : another look at Kurt Waldheim / Michael T. Kuchinsky --
Religion, ethics, and reality : a study of Javier Perez de Cuellar / Barbara Ann Rieffer-Flanagan and David P. Forsythe --
A realist in the utopian city : Boutros Boutros-Ghali's ethical framework and its impact / Anthony F. Lang, Jr. --
Politics and values at the United Nations : Kofi Annan's balancing act / Courtney B. Smith --
The secular pope : insights on the UN secretary-general and moral authoriy / Kent J. Kille.
Responsibility: Kent J. Kille, editor.
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