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Retired U.N. official to discuss 'present confusion,' March 30

Sir Brian Urquhart, who was affiliated with the United Nations for some 40 years, will speak on "The United Nations and the Present Confusion" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Retired as an undersecretary-general for special political affairs, Urquhart served as a personal assistant to Gladwyn Jebb, who established the preparatory commission of the United Nations in London. He also was a personal assistant to the first secretary-general (Trygve Lie) and subsequently served in various capacities between 1954 and 1971 under Undersecretary-General Ralph Bunche. He was centrally involved in the conferences on peaceful uses of atomic energy, the Congo crisis in the early 1960s and peacekeeping in Cyprus, Kashmir and the Middle East.

After 1972, Urquhart was one of the principal political advisers to the secretary-general. As the undersecretary-general for special political affairs, he worked on Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, and Namibia, among others. He retired from the United Nations secretariat in 1986. Since then, he has written several books, including biographies of key U.N. figures as well as treatises on decolonization and reforming the U.N. system.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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