"Edward C. Luck" is a professor, author, and expert in international relations. He served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General between February 2008 and July 2013 and was replaced by Jennifer Welsh (Can.). Previously he was Vice President of the International Peace Academy as well as the director of the Center on International Organization of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is currently the dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.

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Instead of the bull in the china shop, Bolton's more like the little boy who is audacious enough to say the U.N. has no clothes.

Iranians are very proud and don't want to become a pariah state like North Korea. I think they would find it very unattractive.

The idea of having a real transition period makes eminent sense, and most member states would tend to agree in theory. The problem is, can they settle on a candidate by the middle of the year? It would be a major triumph, but I'm not betting the farm on it.

The reforms on the table really get to the meat of the matter, which is changing an institution envisioned for the post-World War II period to work in a very changed world. The challenge now is that after so much attention to expanding the Security Council, this package sounds like leftovers - when it's really the meat and potatoes of reform.

These people should have been put under a watch list; to let them creep back into procurement is the height of irresponsibility. Reform, in the end, is really a question of people and you can put in all the rules and regulations you want, but clever determined people who know the system well will find a way of getting around the rules.

It looks like it could be a real train wreck. It's a basic clash over who's in charge: Is it the General Assembly or is it the secretary general?