This chapter serves as a preface to the subsequent chapters. It discusses the existing literature and refers to the relevant theoretical frameworks. At the beginning, four points of contact between the Secretary-General and the Security Council are detailed that are already laid down in the provisions of the UN Charter. The remainder of the chapter then outlines a number of guiding questions, and specifically six points of reference that constitute a framework for the individual chapters on the tenures in office of the past eight Secretaries-General. Each chapter will address the process of (re-)appointment, the international context and determinants, the personality and profile of the Secretary-General, the agenda and composition of the Council, ways of interaction between the two and, finally, challenges and issues in the realm of peace and security, administration and reform, as well as concepts and norms.
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