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Columbia Professor Named Top Aide To U.N. Secretary-General

Strategic Planning, Improved U.S.-U.N. Relations Top Priorities
John Gerard Ruggie, professor of political science at Columbia University and former dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, announced today (May 5) that he will join the staff of U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a senior advisor, beginning at the end of the current academic year. Professor Ruggie will serve on the Secretary-General's executive staff at the rank of Assistant Secretary General during a one-year leave of absence from the Columbia faculty. Professor Ruggie is the Burgess Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Columbia, where he was dean of international affairs from 1991 to 1996. He will advise Secretary-General Annan on strategic planning issues in the areas of United Nations-United States relations, institutional reforms, and relations with institutions of global civil society like corporations and universities. Professor Ruggie hopes to contribute to a stronger U.N. presence on Capitol Hill to build a durable alliance with Congress. Relations between the international organization and the U.S. government have been strained by the fact that the United States owes the U.N. more than $1.3 billion in back payments. "Clearly, this relationship needs attention, not only in this budget cycle but in the long term," said Professor Ruggie. "I think some sustained consciousness-raising is necessary." As a scholar, Professor Ruggie has studied a wide range of issues in international affairs, including security relations, global environmental policy, conflict resolution, the U.N. and peacekeeping. His latest book, "Winning the Peace: America and World Order in the New Era," cautions against America's drift toward neo-isolationism and argues that it is more important than ever to reinforce America's leadership role. Professor Ruggie has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley and has been director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California. 5.5.97 19,118