To whom it may concern:

William J. Taylor, a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and adjunct professor at Georgetown, offers his pick for the next UNSG this morning in The Washington Times.

There appears to be a growing worldwide consensus the person should be Asian… Naturally, politics will play a heavy role, but serious attention should be given the personal qualifications of the individual chosen for this important position. He or she should be both a distinguished leader and a proven manager…

I am honored to know an Asian leader with such qualifications who has announced his candidacy. His name is Ban (pronounced Bahn) Ki-moon who, at age 62, is the Republic of Korea’s foreign affairs and trade minister.

Taylor shares definitions of leadership which he feels Ban embodies in his unassuming loyalty to family, friends and colleagues. All in all, however, his praise is a bit heady and sounds more like a recommendation letter for a bright student than an objective political endorsement for the next UNSG.

“This man has a deserved reputation for depth of character, high personal values and solid professional competence accompanied by sincere consideration for the welfare of others. He leads by personal example and by the power of his ideas supported by logic, reason and evidence.”

His commentary is a useful contribution to the conversation, but the choice of wording and pedantic tone may have the unfortunate effect of undermining the otherwise worthy intent.

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