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The UN Secretary-General and the Security CouncilA Dynamic Relationship$
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Manuel Fröhlich and Abiodun Williams

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198748915

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198748915.001.0001

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Ban Ki-moon, 2007–2016

Ban Ki-moon, 2007–2016

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(p.188) 8 Ban Ki-moon, 2007–2016
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The UN Secretary-General and the Security Council
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Richard Gowan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198748915.003.0009

During Ban Ki-moon’s tenure, the Security Council was shaken by P5 divisions over Kosovo, Georgia, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Yet it also continued to mandate and sustain large-scale peacekeeping operations in Africa, placing major burdens on the UN Secretariat. The chapter will argue that Ban initially took a cautious approach to controversies with the Council, and earned a reputation for excessive passivity in the face of crisis and deference to the United States. The second half of the chapter suggests that Ban shifted to a more activist pressure as his tenure went on, pressing the Council to act in cases including Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, and Syria. The chapter will argue that Ban had only a marginal impact on Council decision-making, even though he made a creditable effort to speak truth to power over cases such as the Central African Republic (CAR), challenging Council members to live up to their responsibilities.

Keywords:   Ban Ki-moon, Côte d’Ivoire, Darfur, Kosovo, Libya, Sri Lanka, Syria, UN Secretary-General, UN Security Council, United States of America

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