An interesting article in the current Harper's proposes that the UN will continue to fail in its missions unless one man succeeds Kofi Annan next year: Bill Clinton. No one understands the minutiae of such a variety of global problems so well, no one else can speak extemporaneously and elegantly about those problems with such ease, and few would have easier access to world leaders and the degree of respect Clinton has earned globally.
I had major problems with Bill's presidency (though now those are the halcyon days of yore), but this strikes me as an excellent idea. His Global Initiative has done some amazing things.
Also--Tom Bissell's article on Iraq continues their excellent reporting there.