Who Can Replace Kofi Annan?

Handicapping the race to lead the U.N.

News flash: "Following American Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton's suggestion that an outsider--and a woman--should be the United Nations' next Secretary-General, the predominantly male-dominated General Assembly voted unanimously for Angelina Jolie."

That nugget of fake news--on the satirical website bigfib.com--makes fun of the looming choice of a successor to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who steps down at year's end. If only the selection were that easy. In reality, the horsetrading and power politics involved in the search--which begins in earnest when diplomats gather this month in New York City for the 61st General Assembly--aren't much fun at...

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