FAS '14 Speaker John Bolton talks about UN Secretary-General selection

FAS '14 Speaker John Bolton talks of his role in the selection of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, a year and a half from the selection of a new leader.

 

But John Bolton, then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, quashed Tharoor's candidacy in a secret vote. Years later, Bolton acknowledged in his memoir that the Indian's candidacy broke "one of the UN's unwritten conventions, namely that SGs should come from smaller fry [countries]."

Bolton wrote that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had confided to him that in choosing Ban she was underscoring America's preference not only for a candidate from an allied country but for an individual who was weak. "I am not sure we want a strong secretary general," Bolton claimed she said.

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