‘In fairness to Kofi Annan, he expressed a sense of institutional responsibility for what happened in Rwanda.’ Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Given the secretive, supremely political process by which a UN secretary general is chosen – the successful candidate is invariably the person who lea(...)

Former  UN secretary general Kofi Annan:  plaudits for his  softly spoken mediation are balanced by a number of ugly conflicts that spun out of control while he was UN chief. Photograph: EPA

Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died on Saturday, will be remembered as a dedicated humanit(...)