By Linda Fasulo
“Linda Fasulo’s publication turns into the critical resource at the United international locations for everybody from scholars to diplomats. I preserve it convenient on my desk.”—Joseph S. Nye, Kennedy institution of presidency, Harvard University
“No one is aware the large photo and internal workings of the UN higher than Linda Fasulo. This ebook is a must-read for an individual drawn to foreign affairs.”—Tom Brokaw, NBC News
“A sprightly, authoritative journey of the UN’s complex institutions, operations, background, personalities, and most important matters. My scholars locate it beautifully equips them with a superb realizing of the UN.”—John Hubbel Weiss, Cornell University
“Fasulo brings to the fore the problems and controversies that encompass today’s United Nations.”—Ambassador Joseph H. Melrose, Jr., nationwide version United Nations
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3. The paramount consideration in the employment of the sta√ and in the determination of the conditions of service shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of e≈ciency, competence, and integrity. Due regard shall be paid to the importance of recruiting the sta√ on as wide a geographical basis as possible. ’’ He notes, ‘‘There’s something rational that if you work hard and do well, you get promoted, and if you don’t work hard you don’t. ’’ To do this, however, Malloch Brown believes that the UN must stop promoting on the basis of political correctness that encourages hiring sta√ proportionately from certain regions of the world.
Although he is esteemed by all, ‘‘even including Senator Helms, who considers Koﬁ his great friend,’’ this admiration doesn’t elevate the UN in 30 secretary general and secretariat general. ‘‘In that sense, Koﬁ has performed an extraordinary act of self-levitation. He hovers above the UN system, so to speak, in everybody’s imagination, somehow personally not tainted by the shortcomings of the UN. ’’ The next Secretary General, Malloch Brown fears, will have to start from zero to build his or her credibility.
The US Ambassador, however, has many bosses and many peers who feel free to make suggestions and intervene in other ways. The greatest diplomatic skill is required to manage such a complicated chain of command while still being able to accomplish something at the UN. Personal ambition adds another level of complexity. Malone suggests, for example, that when Madeleine Albright was Permanent Rep she had ‘‘real inﬂuence’’ in Washington but preferred not to take risks because she was angling for an even bigger job, which she got when she became Secretary of State.
An Insider's Guide to the UN by Linda Fasulo