Towards the end of the first week of the Paris negotiations in December 2015, we were working in Christiana’s office when we heard a knock on the door.

Kevin O Hanlon, head of UN Security, came in. We had all worked together for years, so the concern on his face was easy to read.

“We found a bomb.”

It was the nightmare scenario we had been dreading. Because of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, we had allowed the security forces of the host country to assume responsibility for the arrival and departure area of the UN meeting grounds. By law, the location of a UN negotiation ...


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