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Edward C. Luck (born 17 October 1948)[1] is a professor, author, and expert in international relations. He served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level between February 2008 and July 2013 and was replaced by Jennifer Welsh of Canada. Previously he was Vice President of the International Peace Academy as well as the director of the Center on International Organization of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is currently the dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.[2]



Luck received his BA in international relations from Dartmouth College.[1] He earned his MA, MPh, and PhD in political science from Columbia University, as well as an MIA from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs and a Certificate of the Harriman Institute.[3]

From 1984 to 1994 Luck was the president and CEO of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA); he was president emeritus of that organization from 1994 to 1998). Between December 1995 and July 1997, Luck was a senior consultant to the Department of Administration and Management of the United Nations, and a staff director of the General Assembly's Open-Ended High-Level Working Group on the Strengthening of the United Nations System.[3]

Before joining the faculty at Columbia as Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs, Luck founded and was executive director of the Center for the Study of International Organization, a research institute jointly established by the New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.[3]

United NationsEdit

On 21 February 2008 Luck was appointed Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level to the United Nations by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.[1]

Luck has testified before Congress on arms control, defense, foreign policy, Russian and East Asian affairs, and United Nations reform and peacekeeping. He has also published dozens of articles in Foreign Policy, the Washington Quarterly, Current History, Disarmament, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, and Newsday.[3]


Luck is married with one daughter.[1]



  • On the Endings of Wars. Kennikat Press. 1980. ISBN 0-8046-9240-8. (with Stuart Albert)
  • Arms control, the multilateral alternative. New York University Press. 1983. ISBN 0-8147-5006-0.
  • Mixed Messages: American Politics and International Organization: 1919–1999. Brookings Institution Press. 1999. ISBN 0-8157-5308-X.
  • International Law and Organization: Closing the Compliance Gap. Rowman and Littlefield. 2004. ISBN 978-0-7425-2992-2. (with Michael W. Doyle)
  • UN Security Council: Practice and promise. Routledge. 2006. ISBN 0-415-35531-1.


Book chaptersEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Secretary-General Appoints Edward C. Luck of United States Special Adviser (press release)". United Nations. 21 February 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ Younger, Sandra Millers. "The Global Dimension". USD Magazine. University of San Diego. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "SIPA Faculty: Edward Luck". Columbia University. 2005. Archived from the original on June 22, 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2011.

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