United Nations: Challenge for The New Boss

The end of the cold war brought a boom in opportunities for peacekeeping, but Boutros-Ghali must now reform the swollen bureaucracy

When Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali became Secretary-General of the United Nations on New Year's Day, he hit the ground running. He'd better not slow down, because never in its 47-year history has the world body had so much to do in so many areas of the globe.

The U.N. is poised to dispatch a peacekeeping force of 10,000 to Yugoslavia. An additional 1,000 blue helmets are on their way to El Salvador to monitor the end of that country's 12-year civil war. A U.N. mission is organizing a referendum for the people of the Western Sahara to determine whether they want to...

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