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The United Nations: Confronting the Challenges of a Global Society

Jean E. Krasno, editor
The United Nations: Confronting the Challenges of a Global Society
ISBN: 978-1-58826-255-4
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2004/443 pages/LC: 200302578

DESCRIPTION

Despite the high visibility of the United Nations in various peacekeeping operations, the enormous role that it plays in the global arena goes largely unnoticed. This new book focuses on that larger role, bringing to life the evolutionary process of multilateral interaction that is the foundation of the organization, the sometimes heated politics behind its operations, and the key personalities who have shaped it.

The authors move from the creation of the UN to the present debates about reform. Their discussion of UN activities—in the areas of human rights, elections, development, disarmament, and peacekeeping—as well as procedures offers an accessible introduction to a complex, critical subject.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jean E. Krasno is associate research scholar and lecturer in political science at Yale University, where she is also deputy director of the Yale United Nations Oral History Project. She is coauthor of The United Nations and Iraq: Defanging the Viper and coeditor of Leveraging for Success in United Nations Peace Operations.

CONTENTS

  • OUT OF THE ASHES OF WAR.
  • The UN Landscape: An Overview—J.E. Krasno.
  • Founding the United Nations: An Evolutionary Process—J.E. Krasno.
  • The UN and the Formation of Global Norms—J. Sills.
  • ENGAGING HUMAN NEEDS ON A GLOBAL SCALE.
  • Human Rights: A Global Common Interest—C. Norchi.
  • Free and Fair Elections: Letting the People Decide—R. Ludwig.
  • Agent of Change? The UN and Development—J. Fomerand.
  • Disarmament: Successes and Failures—D. Boothby.
  • To End the Scourge of War: The Story of UN Peacekeeping—J.E. Krasno.
  • PROCESSES OF GLOBAL BURDEN SHARING.
  • Financing the UN—J. Laurenti.
  • Informal Groupings of Member States: Their Role and Influence—J. Prantl and J.E. Krasno.
  • Reforming the UN: Lessons from a History in Progress—E.C. Luck.
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