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Dr. Edward C. Luck currently serves as United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level. He was appointed to the position by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in February 2008.

Previously Dr. Luck 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, Columbia University.

Biography

Dr. Luck holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a series of graduate degrees from Columbia University, including an MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs, the Certificate of the Harriman Institute, and an MA, MPh, and PhD degrees in political science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

For ten years (1984–94), Dr. Luck served as the President and CEO of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), and he subsequently served for four years as the president emeritus of the organization (1994–98). From December 1995 through July 1997, Dr. Luck played a key role in the United Nations reform process as a senior consultant to the Department of Administration and Management of the United Nations and as a staff director of the General Assembly's Open-Ended High-Level Working Group on the Strengthening of the United Nations System.

Prior to joining Columbia faculty, he served as the founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of International Organization, a research center jointly established by the New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.

A frequent media commentator, Dr. Luck has published and testified before Congress on arms control, defense, foreign policy, Russian and East Asian affairs, as well as on United Nations reform and peacekeeping.

Selected Publications

  • The UN Security Council: A Primer, (Routledge, 2006) ISBN 978-0415355315
  • International Law and Organization: Closing the Compliance Gap Co Editor with Michael W. Doyle (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) ISBN 978-0742529922
  • Mixed Messages: American Politics and International Organization: 1919–1999 (Brookings Institution Press, 1999) ISBN 081575308X
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