Mr. Ruggie is the Kirkpatrick Professor of International Affairs and Weil Director, Center for Business and Government, at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Ruggie was U.N. assistant secretary-general and chief adviser for strategic planning to Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 1997 to 2001. He is the author of six books, including 'Winning the Peace: America and the World Order in the New Era' and 'Constructing World Policy.'
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