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UN Transformation in an Era of Soft Balancing

Introduction

From 2003 to 2006 Secretary General Kofi Annan pursued the most ambitious overhaul of the United Nations since its inception. This article is written from the perspective of the team working with Kofi Annan on the reform agenda and reflects on the issues faced and choices made. In reviewing this experience, the article seeks to inform future choices on substance, politics, management and process that must be addressed in future reform efforts.

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Author

Stephen J. Stedman

Former Brookings Expert

Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law - Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

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