9780813345383

The United Nations in the 21st Century

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813345383

  • ISBN10:

    0813345383

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/27/2011
  • Publisher: Perseus Books

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

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 Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
List of Acronymsp. xiii
The United Nations in World Politicsp. 1
The United Nations in World Politics: Vision and Realityp. 2
Contending International Relations Theoriesp. 9
Dilemmas the UN Faces in the 21st Centuryp. 11
Conclusionp. 16
The Evolution of the United Nations Systemp. 19
The League of Nationsp. 21
The Origins of the United Nationsp. 22
The Organization of the United Nationsp. 23
Persistent Organizational Problems and the Challenges of Reformp. 49
Conclusionp. 60
Actors in the United Nations Systemp. 63
The Role of Statesp. 64
Coalitions, Blocs, and the Importance of Consensusp. 80
The Secretary-General and the UN Secretariat as Key Actorsp. 83
Nonstate Actors: The Third UNp. 89
Conclusionp. 94
Maintaining International Peace and Securityp. 97
Linking International Relations Theoriesp. 98
Maintaining Peace and Security: The UN Charter and Its Evolutionp. 100
Mechanisms for Peaceful Settlement and Preventive Diplomacyp. 102
Collective Security, Enforcement, and Sanctionsp. 104
Peacekeepingp. 113
Humanitarian Intervention-R2P-Providing Human Securityp. 133
Arms Control and Disarmamentp. 142
Coping with Terrorismp. 146
Future Challenges for the UN's Role in Peace and Securityp. 150
Conclusionp. 154
Economic Development and Sustainabilityp. 159
The Organization of the UN System for Promoting Economic Developmentp. 160
The UN and Evolving Ideas About Developmentp. 176
The UN and Other Actorsp. 187
Lessons Learnedp. 190
The Persistent Dilemmasp. 192
Human Rightsp. 197
From the League of Nations to the United Nationsp. 198
UN Charter Principles and Organizational Structuresp. 199
The Role of the UN in Human Rightsp. 206
The Role of Nongovernmental Organizationsp. 218
Case Studies of the UN System in Actionp. 221
Evaluating the UN's Human Rights Recordp. 240
Human Security: The Environment and Healthp. 247
An Expanded View of Securityp. 248
Protection of the Environmentp. 249
Health and Human Securityp. 264
Statebuilding for Human Security: The Case of Haitip. 270
Dilemmas in Human Securityp. 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 Dop. 286
Factors in UN Success and Failurep. 288
Can the UN Be Reformed?p. 289
Linking the UN to Global Governancep. 290
Appendix: Charter of the United Nationsp. 293
Suggested Sources for Additional Researchp. 309
Glossaryp. 319
Indexp. 323
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