UNITED NATIONS: Extending the Presence

UNITED NATIONS Extending the "Presence" U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold believes in doing good by stealth. He has succeeded in unobtrusively widening the powers of his office by quiet persuasion in private, and by the courage to make imaginative leaps of authority, which he disguises in dull prose. He also considers his jumps well, and has an instinct for not going too far. Without formal instructions from General Assembly or Security Council, he sent a personal representative to be watchdog (a U.N. "presence," he preferred to call it) to Jordan in 1958, one...

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