Shashi Tharoor was the official candidate of India for the succession to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2006, and came a close second out of seven contenders in the race. He currently serves as the United Nations Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information. His career began in 1978, when he joined the staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, and includes key responsibilities in peace-keeping after the Cold War and as a senior adviser to the Secretary-General. Dr Tharoor is also the award-winning author of nine books, as well as hundreds of articles, op-eds and book reviews in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek and The Times of India. He has served for two years as a Contributing Editor and occasional columnist for Newsweek International. Since 2001 he has authored a fortnightly column in The Hindu. Born in London in 1956, Dr Tharoor was educated in India and the United States, completing a PhD in 1978 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he received the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student. At Fletcher, Shashi Tharoor helped found and was the first Editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs, a journal now in its 31st year. In January 1998, Dr. Tharoor was named a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He is the recipient of several awards, including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was named to India’s highest honour for Overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, in 2004. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute India, and the Advisory Board of the World Policy Journal. He is also a Fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities.
Linda Fasulo is a journalist and author who specializes in the United Nations and US foreign policy. Based at the United Nations, she is UN Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and is a long-time contributor to National Public Radio (NPR). She also served as special UN correspondent for US News and World Report. Her book, "An Insider's Guide to the UN," published by Yale University Press, has received much critical acclaim, including the following comments from prominent readers and reviewers.
"A must-read for anyone interested in international affairs." - Tom Brokaw, NBC News
"WIll become the indispensable source on the United Nations for everyone from students to diplomats." - Joseph Nye, Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
"A living primer....An excellent book. Full of solid fact and juicy opinion - just the kind of thing everyone wants to read." - Shashi Tharoor, UN Under-Secretary-General for Public Information
"Presents.a short-order account of how the organization works in the glare of its public profile and in the shadow of its secret negotiations." - The Times of London
Linda is an honorary fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and has served as an officer of the Overseas Press Club and the United Nations Correspondents Association.
Simon Chesterman is Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme, and an Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. From 2004 to 2006 he was Executive Director of NYU’s Institute for International Law and Justice. Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Chesterman’s teaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po, as well as NYU. Prior to joining NYU, he was a Senior Associate at the International Peace Academy and Director of UN Relations at the International Crisis Group in New York. He has previously worked for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Belgrade and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha.
Chesterman’s books include Shared Secrets: Intelligence and Collective Security (Lowy Institute for International Policy, 2006); You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building (Oxford University Press, 2004); and Just War or Just Peace? Humanitarian Intervention and International Law (Oxford University Press, 2001), which was awarded the American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit. His edited volumes include Secretary or General? The UN Secretary-General in World Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Making States Work: State Failure and the Crisis of Governance (edited with Michael Ignatieff and Ramesh Thakur, United Nations University Press, 2005). He regularly contributes to international law and political science journals, as well as mass media publications such as the International Herald Tribune.
Jean-Marc Coicaud heads the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations in New York. He was Senior Academic Officer in the Peace and Governance Programme at UNU in Tokyo from 1996 to 2003. Before joining UNU, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali (1992-1996). A former fellow at Harvard University, Mr. Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee), Associate Professor at the University of Paris, and Visiting Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, and a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law. He is the author of a number of books and papers, including L’introuvable démocratie autoritaire (1996), Politics and Legitimacy, A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (2002). In 2006 he will publish Beyond the National Interest, The Politics of International Solidarity, as well as a co-edited volume, Ethics in Action. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council for the United Nations Systems (ACUNS) and a member of the Advisory Board of Global Policy Innovations, a project of the Carnegie Council. He also serves as an adviser for the Fondation pour l’innovation politique (Paris). Mr. Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'Etat from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris.
Ambassador Colin Keating is the Executive Director of the new institution in New York Security Council Report - which is producing regular reports on the work of the Security Council - and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University. He was formerly a New Zealand diplomat. He served as Legal Adviser of the New Zealand Foreign Ministry and also as Deputy Secretary of the Ministry responsible for management. He was the New Zealand Ambassador to the UN between 1993 and 1996 and served on the Security Council in 1993 and 1994. He was Council president during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and led the Council Mission to Somalia. Also, he chaired the Security Council Committee on Sanctions against Iraq. Subsequently, he was appointed as the Secretary of Justice of New Zealand. From 2000-2004 he worked in the private sector as a partner in legal practice.