GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
January 1, 1992: Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt becomes secretary general of the United Nations.

A native of Cairo, Boutros Boutros-Ghali increases the number of UN peacekeeping missions worldwide during his five-year term, sending troops into hotspots like Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Rwanda, and Somalia. The U.S., dissatisfied with his performance, prevents his reelection in 1996.

PBS Boutros Boutros-Ghali

A background on Boutros Boutros-Ghali

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Five years ago Boutros Boutros-Ghali took the helm at the UN, telling critics he wouldn't seek a second term. This week he reversed that decision. (June 1996)