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Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-GhaliBorn: 14-Nov-1922
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt

Gender: Male
Religion: Christian
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government

Nationality: Egypt
Executive summary: Secretary General of the UN, 1992-96

Boutros Boutros-Ghali was born into a prominent Egyptian family. His grandfather, just plain Boutros Ghali, had been Prime Minister, and his uncle, Wassif Ghali, was Foreign Minister. Young Boutros was raised a Coptic Christian, and dreamed of becoming a lawyer. He got his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1946, and followed that with a Ph.D. in international law in 1949. Boutros-Ghali also has degrees in political science, economics and public law. As a lawyer he specialized in international law. From 1960 to about 1975, Boutros-Ghali founded, edited, and wrote for Al-Ahram Iqtisadi, where his beat was regional and international law, diplomacy and political science. He was a member of Parliament in Egypt, and helped negotiate the 1978 Camp David accords, bringing peace between Egypt and Israel.

Boutros-Ghali was U.N. Secretary-General from 1992 to 1996. He oversaw a U.N. peacekeeping mission to Somalia that went rather disastrously, and asked for assistance from the U.S. and other nations within just a few months. Also under his watch, war raged in Bosnia and genocide unfolded in Rwanda. Boutros-Ghali served just one term as Secretary-General, when the tradition is two.

Outside diplomatic circles, Boutros Boutros-Ghali remains famous mostly for his silly sounding name. "Boutros" is the Arabic version of Peter, and Ghali in English means precious.

Wife: Leia Maria Nadler

    University: Cairo University (1946)
    University: PhD International Law, University of Paris
    University: Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (1949)
    Professor: International Law, Cairo University (1949-77)

    UN Secretary General (1-Jan-1992 to 31-Dec-1996)
    Egyptian Minister Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (1977-91)
    Fulbright 1954-55
    Onassis Foundation Prize
    Traveled to North Korea Dec-1993
    People with Funny Names


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