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The United Nations and Changing World Politics,9780813344355

The United Nations and Changing World Politics



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With updates throughout, this newly revised sixth edition serves as the definitive text for courses on the United Nations. Built around three critical themes in international relations-international peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and building peace through sustainable development-The United Nations and Changing World Politicsguides readers through the complexity of politics and history of the UN. Students of all levels will learn what the UN is, how it operates, and what its relationships are with external actors and institutions, from sovereign states to nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations now playing important roles in world politics. Featuring a new chapter on evolving security operations and a new foreword by Ramesh Thakur, the sixth edition includes updated discussions of the UNrs"s actions in Darfur and Chad, the tenure of Ban Ki-moon, and the global economic and financial meltdown. Contents Part One. International Peace and Security 1. The Theory of UN Collective Security 2. UN Security Efforts During the Cold War 3. UN Security Operations After the Cold War 4. Evolving Security Operations: Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, and Sudan 5. The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century Part Two. Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs 6. The United Nations, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs Theory 7. The United Nations and Applying Human Rights Standards 8. Change, the United Nations, and Human Rights Part Three. Sustainable Human Development 9. Theories of Development at the United Nations 10. Sustainable Development as Process: UN Organizations and Norms 11. The UN, Development, and Globalization 12. Conclusion: Learning from Change

Author Biography

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.


David P. Forsythe is the Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Roger A. Coate is Paul D. Coverdell Chair of Public Policy at Georgia College & State University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.


Kelly-Kate Pease is professor of international relations at Webster University in St. Louis.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Foreword to the Sixth Editionp. xxiv
Foreword to the Fifth Editionp. xxvii
Foreword to the Fourth Editionp. xxxi
Foreword to the Third Editionp. xxxvi
Foreword to the Second Editionp. xxxix
Acronymsp. xli
Introductionp. xlvi
The Legal Foundations of Sovereigntyp. I
State Sovereigntyp. li
Changing Raisons d'╔tatp. lvi
The United Nations: Actor or Institutional Framework?p. lviii
UN Politicsp. lxii
Notesp. lxv
International Peace and Securityp. 1
The Theory of UN Collective Securityp. 3
Collective Security in Generalp. 4
The United Nations and Security: Some Basicsp. 7
Regional Arrangementsp. 18
Straying from the Coursep. 24
Notesp. 24
UN Security Efforts During the Cold Warp. 29
The Early Years: Palestine, Korea, Suez, the Congop. 29
Understanding Peacekeepingp. 34
˘Chapter Six and a Half÷ on Hold, 1978-1988p. 41
Economic Sanctionsp. 42
Notesp. 44
UN Security Operations After the Cold War (1988-1998)p. 47
The First UN Military Operations After the End of the Cold War, 1988-1993p. 48
The Rebirth of Peacekeepingp. 48
Moving Toward the Next Generationp. 52
Moving Toward Enforcementp. 54
Nonforcible Sanctions in the Post-Cold War Era: Humanitarian Dilemmasp. 59
Operational Quandaries: Cambodia, the Former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Haitip. 61
Conclusionp. 75
Notesp. 76
Evolving Security Operations: Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, and Sudanp. 81
Using Military Force for Human Protection Purposesp. 82
Implications for the UN's Security Effortsp. 84
The Crisis in the Balkansp. 90
Turmoil in Timor-Leste (East Timor)p. 94
Reestablishing Stability in Sierra Leonep. 95
Lebanon-Againp. 97
Darfur, Sudanp. 100
Conclusion: The Responsibility to Protectp. 103
Notesp. 106
The Challenges of the Twenty-First Centuryp. 111
After September 11, What's New?p. 111
Political Challengesp. 120
Institutional Challengesp. 123
The World Summit 2005p. 131
Strengthening the Secretariatp. 135
Explaining Changep. 139
Notesp. 141
Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairsp. 147
The United Nations, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairsp. 149
The Theoryp. 150
Understanding Rightsp. 152
Basic Norms in the UN Erap. 158
Core Norms Beyond the Charterp. 161
Supplementing the Corep. 166
Notesp. 172
The United Nations and Applying Human Rights Standardsp. 177
Security Councilp. 178
General Assemblyp. 186
International Criminal Courtp. 188
Office of the Secretary-Generalp. 191
High Commissioner for Human Rightsp. 194
Commission on Human Rights (1946-2006)p. 197
Human Rights Council (2006-)p. 201
Supplemental Human Rights Bodiesp. 204
Human Rights and Developmentp. 211
Emergency Assistancep. 214
Notesp. 220
Change, the United Nations, and Human Rightsp. 227
More on Raisons d'╔tatp. 229
State Coalitionsp. 233
Nonstate Actorsp. 235
Theories of Changep. 239
Final Thoughtsp. 246
Notesp. 247
Sustainable Human Developmentp. 251
Theories of Development at the United Nationsp. 253
The Politics of Changing Theoriesp. 253
Notesp. 275
Sustainable Development as Process: UN Organizations and Normsp. 279
Understanding the Organizational Chart: Coordination, Againp. 280
Particular Contributions to Sustainable Developmentp. 284
The World Bank, IMF, and WTOp. 296
Norm Creation and Coherence: A History of Ideasp. 302
The UN's Sustainable Human Development Modelp. 314
Notesp. 317
The UN, Development, and Globalizationp. 323
Globalization and Global Governancep. 324
The MDG Strategyp. 326
Implementing the MDGsp. 329
A Global Partnership for Developmentp. 344
Explaining Changep. 353
Notesp. 357
Conclusion: Learning from Changep. 363
Measuring Changep. 364
Learning Lessons?p. 367
Articulation and Aggregation of Interestsp. 369
Rule-Makingp. 376
Rule Enforcementp. 380
Some Final Thoughtsp. 386
Notesp. 391
The United Nations Systemp. 395
Concise List of Internet Sites Relevant to the United Nationsp. 396
Charter of the United Nationsp. 397
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 416
About the Book and Authorsp. 420
Indexp. 422
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