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Politics and personality: How countries campaign to lead global groups

By Peter Mazereeuw      

International respect, high-level intervention key for successful campaign. 'It gets pretty intense.'

It’s on the agenda of every minister who travels abroad, it crosses the desk of every head of state and it sets envoys around the world marching to one beat. Lobbying for a spot at or near the top of a multilateral organization is a routine part of the job for high-level diplomats. But a successful campaign requires more than a nudge and a wink between ambassadors over cocktails, say former diplomats and current candidates.

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