Dag Hammarskjold, Custodian of the Brushfire Peace

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The Sources of His "Power"

The Secretary-General does not represent any center of power, said Hammarskjold. He represents an abstraction--the international community. And yet, at the beginning of 1960, the year of the Congo and Khrushchev, his office was vested with the weight of a major power in international affairs.

The sources of this influence were legal, political and, above all perhaps, personal.

Legally his powers rested on a few brief clauses in the Charter. Article VII describes the Secretariat as one of the "principal organs" of the UN on a par with the General Assembly and the three Councils--Security, Trusteeship and Economic and Social. The Secretary-General is represented in Article 97 as the "chief administrative officer of the Organization." Article 98 states that not only shall he "act in that capacity" at meetings of the Assembly and the three Councils, but that

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents *
  • 1 - Custodian of the Brushfire Peace 1
  • 2 - Dag Hammarskjold -- Who is He? 7
  • 3 - The Swedish Heritage . . . the Private Man Should Disappear."" 16
  • 4 - An International Priesthood 46
  • 5 - Mission to Peking 56
  • 6 - Holding the Line in the Middle East 66
  • 7 - Back from the Brink 80
  • 8 - The Steep Hill of Suez 94
  • 9 - Arab Good Neighbors"" 112
  • 10 - Constantly Rebuffed but Never Discouraged"" 128
  • 11 - Preventive Diplomacy 137
  • 12 - The UN and the Cold War 147
  • 13 - The UN as a Third Force 164
  • 14 - A UN Presence 177
  • 15 - Vox Populorum 189
  • 16 - The Sources of His Power"" 203
  • 17 - The Private Man 213
  • 18 - The Congo-- Precedent or Fiasco? 223
  • 19 - Chairman Khrushchev Pounds the Desk 263
  • 20 - One-Man Job 281
  • Epilogue 293
  • Index 298
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