The UN Secretary-General and Moral Authority
Ethics and Religion in International Leadership
In The UN Secretary-General and Moral Authority, contributors provide case studies of all seven former secretaries-general, establishing a much-needed comparative survey of each office-holder's personal religious and moral values. From Trygve Lie's forbearance during the UN's turbulent formative years to the Nobel committee's awarding Kofi Annan and the United Nations the prize for peace in 2001, the case studies all follow the same format, first detailing the environmental and experiential factors that forged these men's ethical frameworks, then analyzing how their "inner code" engaged with the duties of office and the global events particular to their terms.
Balanced and unbiased in its approach, this study provides valuable insight into how religious and moral leadership functions in the realm of international relations, and how the promotion of ethical values works to diffuse international tensions and improve the quality of human life around the world.
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"This is an excellent volume and should prove useful and intriguing for students of all collegiate levels, as well as for researchers, diplomats, ethicists, persons of faith, and anyone generally interested in the U.N. and international peace and security."—Human Rights & Human Welfare
"Well worth the effort to all those interested in the future of humanity. Religious dynamics shaping societies will continue to dominate conflicts and relations in the next century, and those working in the fields of intelligence, international law, military science, conflict management, and political science would all benefit from deeper understanding of these connections."—International Journal of Intelligence Ethics
"What can be learned from the ethical principles and religious beliefs held by previous secretaries-general? How have these ideas affected the office itself and the claims of many for its moral authority? This book offers richly detailed case studies in ethics and statesmanship at the UN. It is a welcome and much-needed addition to our understanding of how the UN works."—Joel H. Rosenthal, president, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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