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(212) 854-5573 May 5, 1997
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.