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This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional, and theoretical foundations of the UN as well as the political processes and issues facing the organization today. Thoroughly revised throughout, the fourth edition focuses on major events since 2006, including the influence of emerging powers such as China, India, and Brazil, the crisis in UN peacekeeping, and the continuing decline of the UN's relevance in international economic relations. This edition also includes a new chapter on the future of the United Nations, as well as new case studies on peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human trafficking, and the challenges of state building for human security in Haiti. Helpful student resources include the Charter of the United Nations, a list of acronyms, discussion questions, suggested resources for additional research and reading, and a glossary.
This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional, and theoretical foundations of the UN as well as the political processes and issues facing the organization today. Thoroughly revised throughout, the fourth edition focuses on major events since 2006, including the influence of emerging powers such as China, India, and Brazil, the crisis in UN peacekeeping, and the continuing decline of the UN's relevance in international economic relations. This edition also includes a new chapter on the future of the united Nations, as well as new case studies on peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human trafficking, and the challenges of state building of human security in Haiti. Karen A. Mingst is Lockwood Chair Professor, Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and Department of Political Science, University of Kentuckly. Margaret P. Karns is Professor Emerita of Political Science, University of Dayton.
Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations||p. ix|
|List of Acronyms||p. xiii|
|The United Nations in World Politics||p. 1|
|The United Nations in World Politics: Vision and Reality||p. 2|
|Contending International Relations Theories||p. 9|
|Dilemmas the UN Faces in the 21st Century||p. 11|
|The Evolution of the United Nations System||p. 19|
|The League of Nations||p. 21|
|The Origins of the United Nations||p. 22|
|The Organization of the United Nations||p. 23|
|Persistent Organizational Problems and the Challenges of Reform||p. 49|
|Actors in the United Nations System||p. 63|
|The Role of States||p. 64|
|Coalitions, Blocs, and the Importance of Consensus||p. 80|
|The Secretary-General and the UN Secretariat as Key Actors||p. 83|
|Nonstate Actors: The Third UN||p. 89|
|Maintaining International Peace and Security||p. 97|
|Linking International Relations Theories||p. 98|
|Maintaining Peace and Security: The UN Charter and Its Evolution||p. 100|
|Mechanisms for Peaceful Settlement and Preventive Diplomacy||p. 102|
|Collective Security, Enforcement, and Sanctions||p. 104|
|Humanitarian Intervention-R2P-Providing Human Security||p. 133|
|Arms Control and Disarmament||p. 142|
|Coping with Terrorism||p. 146|
|Future Challenges for the UN's Role in Peace and Security||p. 150|
|Economic Development and Sustainability||p. 159|
|The Organization of the UN System for Promoting Economic Development||p. 160|
|The UN and Evolving Ideas About Development||p. 176|
|The UN and Other Actors||p. 187|
|Lessons Learned||p. 190|
|The Persistent Dilemmas||p. 192|
|Human Rights||p. 197|
|From the League of Nations to the United Nations||p. 198|
|UN Charter Principles and Organizational Structures||p. 199|
|The Role of the UN in Human Rights||p. 206|
|The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations||p. 218|
|Case Studies of the UN System in Action||p. 221|
|Evaluating the UN's Human Rights Record||p. 240|
|Human Security: The Environment and Health||p. 247|
|An Expanded View of Security||p. 248|
|Protection of the Environment||p. 249|
|Health and Human Security||p. 264|
|Statebuilding for Human Security: The Case of Haiti||p. 270|
|Dilemmas in Human Security||p. 275|
|Is There a Future for the United Nations?||p. 281|
|Does the UN Make a Difference?||p. 281|
|Lessons About What the UN Cannot Do||p. 286|
|Factors in UN Success and Failure||p. 288|
|Can the UN Be Reformed?||p. 289|
|Linking the UN to Global Governance||p. 290|
|Appendix: Charter of the United Nations||p. 293|
|Suggested Sources for Additional Research||p. 309|
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