Brian Urquhart is a former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations. He was involved in the formation of the United Nations in 1945, and has advised every Secretary-General of the United Nations since its inception. His main fields of interest and operation at the U.N. have been conflict resolution and peacekeeping. Urquhart organized the first peacekeeping force, which was in Egypt after the Suez crisis.
As Undersecretary General, Urquhart’s main functions were the direction of peace-keeping forces in the Middle East and Cyprus, and negotiations in these two areas. Urquhart is also well known for his failed attempt as an intelligence officer during World War II, to persuade the planners of Operation Market Garden to modify or abort their plans in light of crucial information obtained from aerial reconnaissance and the Dutch resistance, an episode retold in the Richard Attenborough film, “A Bridge Too Far.”
Urquhart has written many books with Erskine Childers, including his autobiography “A Life in Peace and War,” and “A World in Need of Leadership: Tomorrow’s United Nations - A Fresh Appraisal,” “Towards a More Effective United Nations” and “Ralph Bunche: An American Life.”
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