United Nations in the 21st Century

ISBN-10: 0813345383

ISBN-13: 9780813345383

Edition: 4th 2011

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Description:  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.

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Book details

List price: $39.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Karen A. Mingst is Lockwood Chair Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin. A specialist in international organization, international law, and international development, Professor Mingst has conducted research in Western Europe, West Africa, and Yugoslavia. She is the author or editor of seven books and numerous academic articles. She has frequently taught the introductory international relations course. In addition, she has traveled and lectured extensively at universities around the globe.

List of Illustrations
Preface
List of Acronyms
The United Nations in World Politics
The United Nations in World Politics: Vision and Reality
Contending International Relations Theories
Dilemmas the UN Faces in the 21st Century
Conclusion
The Evolution of the United Nations System
The League of Nations
The Origins of the United Nations
The Organization of the United Nations
Persistent Organizational Problems and the Challenges of Reform
Conclusion
Actors in the United Nations System
The Role of States
Coalitions, Blocs, and the Importance of Consensus
The Secretary-General and the UN Secretariat as Key Actors
Nonstate Actors: The Third UN
Conclusion
Maintaining International Peace and Security
Linking International Relations Theories
Maintaining Peace and Security: The UN Charter and Its Evolution
Mechanisms for Peaceful Settlement and Preventive Diplomacy
Collective Security, Enforcement, and Sanctions
Peacekeeping
Humanitarian Intervention-R2P-Providing Human Security
Arms Control and Disarmament
Coping with Terrorism
Future Challenges for the UN's Role in Peace and Security
Conclusion
Economic Development and Sustainability
The Organization of the UN System for Promoting Economic Development
The UN and Evolving Ideas About Development
The UN and Other Actors
Lessons Learned
The Persistent Dilemmas
Human Rights
From the League of Nations to the United Nations
UN Charter Principles and Organizational Structures
The Role of the UN in Human Rights
The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations
Case Studies of the UN System in Action
Evaluating the UN's Human Rights Record
Human Security: The Environment and Health
An Expanded View of Security
Protection of the Environment
Health and Human Security
Statebuilding for Human Security: The Case of Haiti
Dilemmas in Human Security
Is There a Future for the United Nations?
Does the UN Make a Difference?
Lessons About What the UN Cannot Do
Factors in UN Success and Failure
Can the UN Be Reformed?
Linking the UN to Global Governance
Appendix: Charter of the United Nations
Suggested Sources for Additional Research
Glossary
Index
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