The Multilateralist

Strauss-Kahn has decided (but won’t reveal the decision)

According to this report, International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made a decision on whether or not to run for the French presidency. But there’s a catch: he won’t reveal the decision until July. International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in a documentary broadcast Sunday that he has made up his mind whether ...

According to this report, International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has made a decision on whether or not to run for the French presidency. But there’s a catch: he won’t reveal the decision until July.

International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in a documentary broadcast Sunday that he has made up his mind whether he plans to run for the French presidency next year, but will not reveal his decision until July.

Part of the documentary, aired on the Canal Plus channel, was published as an interview in French weekly newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche.

There is increasing expectation in France that Strauss-Kahn will seek the candidacy of the opposition Socialist party to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy, with polls indicating that he would be the opposition candidate most likely to beat Sarkozy.

In Sunday’s Washington Post, I wrote about whether serving as the head of a multilateral organization is good training for being a head of state. There’s recently been a small rush of international organization officials trying to swap their multilateral experience for national power. Strauss-Kahn and Egypt’s Mohamed ElBaradei are only the most prominent examples.

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