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Ian Williams

UN Correspondent

Ian Williams is The Nation's UN correspondent. In addition to his work for the magazine, he frequently comments on world events on a wide variety of radio and TV outlets, including Hardball, The O'Reilly Factor,
Scarborough Country, UN TV and many more.

He is the author of Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776, The Deserter: Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past, The Alms Trade and The UN For Beginners.

For more info on Willliams, go to www.ianwilliams.info


News and Features

Zalmay Khalilzad promises be a more effective US ambassador to the UN, but is that a good thing?

Although Kofi Annan's tenure was shadowed by political catfights, he leaves the United Nations as one of its most successful secretary generals.

Exactly how much damage did John Bolton do during his tenure at the United Nations? Let us count the ways.

John Bolton's surprise announcement that a former Washington
editor will head the UN's World Food Program bodes ill for
the idea that competence is more important than political loyalty.

John Kerry should stop being nice about the Deserter in Chief. He should be reminding voters that the President who has sent more than 3,000 US soldiers and allies and untold thousands of Iraqis to their deaths deserted his post during the Vietnam War.

The United States may well have its way and exclude Venezuela from the UN Security Council, in retribution for Hugo Chávez's diabolical roast of George W. Bush. But doesn't the world have larger issues to worry about?

South Korea's quiet-spoken and principled Ban Ki-moon, who has just been nominated to replace Kofi Annan as the UN Secretary General, may find it difficult to confront US unilateralism.

South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon now has a virtual lock on
succeeding Kofi Annan as UN Secretary General. Does he have what it
takes to be a mediator between Bush's Washington and the rest of the

The election campaign for the UN's next Secretary General is the most transparent in history, but the politics are as murky as ever. As diplomatic wrangling continues, one thing is clear: The next leader will come from Asia.

President Bush's address to the UN General Assembly was less
disdainful than earlier speeches, but it shined a light on the President's willful blindness to the complexity of the problems facing the Mideast and the world.