Press Releases

    SG/A/766
    9 February 2001



    SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS NEW SPECIAL ADVISER
    FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING

    NEW YORK, 9 February (UN Headquarters) -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of Michael Doyle of the United States as Special Adviser in his Executive Office.

    Mr. Doyle will concentrate on policy analysis and strategic planning. He will hold the rank of Assistant Secretary-General and will take up his duties on 2 April 2001.

    Mr. Doyle, who is 52 years old, currently serves as Director of the Center of International Studies, and Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

    A distinguished scholar of international relations who has published numerous books and articles, Mr. Doyle is perhaps best known for developing the "democratic peace" theory -- the idea that democratic States tend not to go to war against one another. Mr. Doyle has been Vice-President of the International Peace Academy, and is a member of the External Research Advisory Committee of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Advisory Committee of the Lessons Learned Unit of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Mr. Doyle will succeed John Ruggie, who joined Kofi Annan's team in 1997, and who has been appointed the Evron and Jeanne Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. In a tribute to Professor Ruggie, the Secretary-General says that, "he has been a constant source of innovative ideas and sound judgement, good humour and warm collegiality. I know that he will put those qualities to excellent use in educating future generations of global citizens at Harvard. We shall miss him".

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