On August 21, 2013, the Syrian people suffered a chemical-weapons attack, and reports followed that the Assad regime was responsible. This set off the global debate of whether the U.S., United Nations, and other world powers should launch military strikes on Syria. The U.N. Security Council’s inability to quickly resolve the crisis drew criticism. The world continues to face critical international issues that require resolution through strong leadership dedicated to the preservation of international peace and security.

What are U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s personal thoughts on these pressing issues? What does he think of the island territorial disputes between Japan and South Korea and Japan and China? Or between Iran and Israel over nuclear weapons capabilities? Can we depend on Ban Ki-moon to successfully uphold the principle of impartiality in the U.N.’s role of peacemaking? In this interview with the guardian spirit of Ban Ki-moon, Okawa reveals the Secretary-General’s character and intentions in his important peacemaking responsibilities. It is Okawa’s hope that with this insightful interview, global leaders can make better political and economic decisions to support justice and lasting peace.