Martin Kobler

Germany Gets What’s Fair: Some Top UN Jobs

BERLIN — It is a widely held view in political circles here that Germany has not been adequately represented in the United Nations, apart from its relatively frequent elected membership to the Security Council, which Germany has held five times and which last year announced its candidacy for a sixth term for 2019-2020. To be more …

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From Brahimi to Ramos-Horta, a 15-Year Peacekeeping Quest

SYDNEY, Australia — In August 2000, Lakhdar Brahimi, a prominent United Nations diplomat from Algeria, submitted his landmark review on UN peacekeeping to the secretary-general at the time, Kofi Annan. The previous year had been crucial for peacekeeping. The retrenchment of the mid-90s had subsided and a new era of peacekeeping activism had begun. Missions were deployed …

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head of UN disarmament

Ban’s Latest High-Level Appointments

Three new UN under secretaries-general have been chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his reshuffling of top posts for his second five-year term: Maged Abdelaziz, Egypt’s UN ambassador since 2005, as special adviser on Africa; Angela Kane of Germany as high representative for disarmament affairs; and Sven Alkalaj, a former foreign minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina, as …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

A German to Run New UN Mission in Iraq

Martin Kobler, from Germany, arrived in Baghdad recently to take over as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (Unami). Much of his work is likely to center on stabilization and development – political as well as economic – as US troops withdraw from the country by the …

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