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Oral history interview with Seymour Maxwell Finger, 1999

Creator: Finger, Seymour Maxwell, 1915-2005
Project: United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP).
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Phys. Desc. :sound file : digital preservation master, WAV files (96 kHz, 24 bit)
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

United Nations, U.S. Diplomat

Scope and Contents

Born 1915 in New York City. Education: studied American history at Ohio University, graduate work in economics at Harvard University. Career: US Army during World War II, US Foreign Service, US Mission to United Nations (economic advisor, minister-counselor, ambassador), senior fellow at Ralph Bunche Institute, professor of political science at City University of New York Graduate Center and New York University, president of Institute for Mediterranean Affairs. Themes: Cold War international politics, relationships with African diplomats, American plan for resources in developing countries (Special Fund and UN Development Program -- UNDP), First Development Decade, World Food Programme, Malayan Resolution, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), problems in quality of international civil service, political demands of Non-Aligned Movement, Israeli-Palestinian conflict politics, decolonization, decentralization of programs within UN, transition to academia, international conferences and forums, role of the private sector in intergovernmental organizations, leadership of the UN, relationship between UN headquarters and specialized agencies, importance of ideas


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Copyright by the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 2000

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