Dr. Roy Morey

International Consultant


In this episode of the ACUNS Book Talk Podcast Series, Roy Morey joins co-host Alistair Edgar to discuss his book, The United Nations at Work in Asia: An Envoy’s Account of Development in China, Vietnam, Thailand and the South Pacific. Morey discusses his various UNDP appointments in South Pacific, China, Thailand and Vietnam, and reflects on UNDP achievements in these regions and nations. Morey provides his evaluation of the idea of “exporting democracy”- a topic he describes in detail in his book – by looking at the current situation in states such as Libya that have experienced an attempted “democratization” process by way of western intervention.

Additional Resources
The United Nations at Work in Asia: An Envoy’s Account of Development in China, Vietnam, Thailand and the South Pacific
Will China Replace the US in the Global Leadership Race?”, United Nations Association of the United States of America
Robert England: the UN at the frontline of development, UNA-UK New World

About Roy Morey
After serving 22 years with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Roy Morey retired in December 1999 and moved to Tucson with his wife, Delores. During Morey’s tenure with the UNDP, he was Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP headquarters in New York and Director of the UNDP office in Washington, D.C. He served as the UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator (with the rank of ambassador) in the South Pacific (1981-1983), China (1988-1992) and Vietnam (1992-1996) with overall responsibility for all UN development efforts. He also served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Thailand (1978-1981).

Before joining UNDP, Morey served on the White House staff under President Richard Nixon (1971-1973) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1973-1977)

Morey received his BA (Social Science) from Northern Arizona University in 1959. After receiving his Ph.D in Government from the University of Arizona in 1964, Morey was Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He is an international consultant and serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern Arizona University Foundation, the YMCA of Southern Arizona, and the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations.

Recorded October 2014