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UN Vanquished

UN Vanquished Global Governance 5 (1999), 513–520 REVIEW ESSAY Michael Barnett Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Unvanquished: A U.S.-UN Saga (New York: Ran dom House, 1999), 352 pp. ell has no fury like a secretary-general scorned. In the case of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, he is twice injured by the same villain, the HUnited States. As the secretary-general forced to preside over the impoverishing of the UN by the United States, Boutros-Ghali resents that he not only had to bear witness to its demise but also was unfairly blamed for it. And then this proud and high-minded secretary-general was also un- ceremoniously and very publicly dumped by the same United States that was responsible for the UN’s travails. Unvanquished: A U.S.-U.N. Saga is Boutros-Ghali’s revenge, enjoyably served in juicy, cutting, provocative, and self-serving bites. Boutros-Ghali nicely captures the labile mood of these crucial post–Cold War years of promise, so eagerly anticipated and celebrated one moment and so abruptly dismissed the next. Taking office in January 1992 when the UN was becoming the conflict-resolving workhorse of, and the dumping ground for, many regional conflicts, Boutros-Ghali captures the excitement of the period. These are heady times. After years of being side- lined and maligned, the UN is being http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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Global Governance 5 (1999), 513–520 REVIEW ESSAY Michael Barnett Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Unvanquished: A U.S.-UN Saga (New York: Ran dom House, 1999), 352 pp. ell has no fury like a secretary-general scorned. In the case of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, he is twice injured by the same villain, the HUnited States. As the secretary-general forced to preside over the impoverishing of the UN by the United States, Boutros-Ghali resents that he not only had to bear witness to its demise but also was unfairly blamed for it. And then this proud and high-minded secretary-general was also un- ceremoniously and very publicly dumped by the same United States that was responsible for the UN’s travails. Unvanquished: A U.S.-U.N. Saga is Boutros-Ghali’s revenge, enjoyably served in juicy, cutting, provocative, and self-serving bites. Boutros-Ghali nicely captures the labile mood of these crucial post–Cold War years of promise, so eagerly anticipated and celebrated one moment and so abruptly dismissed the next. Taking office in January 1992 when the UN was becoming the conflict-resolving workhorse of, and the dumping ground for, many regional conflicts, Boutros-Ghali captures the excitement of the period. These are heady times. After years of being side- lined and maligned, the UN is being

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 1999

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