NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, GMU LAW PROFESSOR QUESTION LEADING CANDIDATE TO BE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

October 6, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In an op-ed published today by TCS Daily, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law question the leading candidate to succeed United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose term expires at the end of this year.

After an informal vote that is expected to be ratified by the Security Council early next week, the frontrunner appears to be South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon. According to the two professors, “at a time when one of the major challenges to international security is North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il, the UN is set to get as its chief an appeaser of and apologist for the despot.” The article goes on to cite South Korea’s conspicuous abstention from last year’s UN resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights record and its criticism of those alarmed by Pyongyang’s missile tests this past summer as well as Ban’s record in office.

The essay, “Going South,” can be accessed online by clicking here.