Kofi: challenges and conundrums
Kofi Annan’s memoirs are more concerned with shaping his legacy than tackling the hard questions faced by the UN
Appeared in print on 22.11.2012
Six years after stepping down as secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan’s main preoccupation, judging by his memoirs, appears to be securing his legacy. “Interventions: a life in war and peace” does, on occasion, settle scores, but its overall tone is authoritative rather than vindictive. Here is what happened, beyond doubt and challenge, Annan seems to be saying. He even manages to find kind words for President George W. Bush, whose administration used the UN in the run-up to the Iraq war and then set out to undermine it when things did not work out.