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

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Macmillan, Oct 30, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 505 pages
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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.

  

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I really enjoyed this book! James Traub goes inside the UN culture and it's SG Kofi Annan. The UN is in no doubt needs a makeover, or it will still be as screwed up as it is now. Read full review

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Contents

A Greater Magna Carta
3
A Gold Coast Man
29
Peace Not Justice
44
The American Candidate
67
Kofi in the Lions Den
83
Bosnia Never Again
102
The Exquisite Ironies of Benevolent Colonialism
124
Romancing Cousin Jesse
146
OilforFood The Witch Hunt
281
Kofi Briefly Rescued by Disaster
305
Nice Guys Get Crushed
316
Theyre Laughing at Us in Khartoum
339
OilforFood The Nightmare
359
The Black Hole of Kinshasa
377
Americas Interest in UN Reform Is What Exactly?
399
John Boltons Nuclear Strategy
415

Whos Going to Run Afghanistan?
169
Saddams Pyrrhic Victory
187
What Did They Die For?
212
PART II
231
The Security Council Fiddles While Darfur Burns
233
The Gentle King and His Court
255
Two CheersIf Thatfor Diplomacy
266
Model UN
445
Epilogue
453
Afterword
469
A Note on Sources
479
Acknowledgments
483
Index
485
Copyright

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James Traub has been a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine--where he writes about international affairs, U.S. foreign policy, and national political issues--since 1998. He has written three books, including City on a Hill and The Devil's Playground. He lives in New York City.

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