UNITED NATIONS: Challenge to Authority

From steamy Léopoldville, five top officers from the new Congo government, leaving chaos behind, came racing across the Atlantic toward Manhattan. In the skyscraping U.N. building on the East River, international bureaucrats hurriedly set the stage for an emergency meeting of the Security Council. At the very moment that U.N. troops had seemingly restored stability to the Congo (see below), the intractable problems of that turbulent land flared into new crisis.

From the start, U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold had handled the troubles of the Congo with brisk diplomatic skill, using them, among other things, to enhance...

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