Meet your new UN envoy in Iraq

Replacing Staffan de Mistura will be the current deputy head of the UN Development Program, Dutchman Ad Melkert.  Some praise:

U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said Melkert would bring to the Iraq job “a unique combination of extensive political experience … and economic and development expertise.”

“As a result he enters with a deep understanding of the nature of the challenges and priorities that face Iraq at this phase of its transition,” she told a news briefing.

He’s got his work cut out for him.