The following is a guest post by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
For those who have been used to the noise and excitement in U.S. presidential elections, the campaign for the director general (DG) of the World Health Organization (WHO) is not just overshadowed by media reports on Trump, Syria, and nuclear proliferation—it itself seems to be unglamorous and uninformative. As observed by a recent New York Times article, the candidates’ positions are similar on most issues, from the WHO’s budget to emergency response. Indeed, they also behave similarly—they not only avoid publically criticizing one another, but also seek not to give people the impression that they are critical of any member states, existing programs, or nonstate actors. Read more »