From 1986 to 1993 Sir Marrack Goulding served as Under Secretary General for Special Political Affairs, overseeing the peacekeeping operations of the United Nations. During this time, under Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Sir Marrack presided over the creation of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Then, in March of 1993 he was reassigned to the post of Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
Before joining the United Nations, Sir Marrack served in the British Diplomatic Service and completed assignments in Kuwait, Libya and Egypt. After holding positions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as the Cabinet Office in the United Kingdom, he was sent to the British Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal in 1977. Following this, Sir Marrack was assigned to the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York City in 1979. From 1983 to 1985, Sir Marrack served as British Ambassador first to Angola and then to São Tomé and Príncipe, his last post before returning to United Nations Headquarters.
At the time of this interview, on 30 June 1998, Sir Marrack was serving as the Warden of St. Anthony's College at the University of Oxford. He discussed the peacekeeping missions that the United Nations carried out in Namibia, Cambodia and Nicaragua. He evaluated each mission's effectiveness, the problems that arose, and the involvement of Secretaries General Pérez de Cuéllar and Boutros-Ghali.