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Global Institutions

About the Series

The "Global Institutions Series" is edited by Thomas G. Weiss (The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, USA) and Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex, UK).

The Series has two "streams" identified by their covers:

  • Blue covers offer comprehensive, accessible, and informative guides to the history, structure, and activities of key international organizations, and introductions to topics of key importance in contemporary global governance. Recognized experts use a similar structure to address the general purpose and rationale for specific organizations along with historical developments, membership, structure, decision-making procedures, key functions, and an annotated bibliography and guide to electronic sources.
  • Red covers consist of research monographs and edited collections that advance knowledge about one aspect of global governance; they reflect a wide variety of intellectual orientations, theoretical persuasions, and methodological approaches.

Together these streams provide a coherent and complementary portrait of the problems, prospects, and possibilities confronting global institutions today.

148 Series Titles

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Mass Atrocities, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Human Rights “If Not Now, When?”

Mass Atrocities, the Responsibility to Protect and the Future of Human Rights: “If Not Now, When?”

1st Edition


Simon Adams
December 31, 2020

The book ambitiously weaves together history and politics to explain all of the major situations where mass atrocities have occurred, or been prevented, over the 15 years since R2P was adopted at the 2005 UN World Summit. The author provides a history of human rights, mass atrocities and the ...

River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy

River Basin Organizations in Water Diplomacy

1st Edition


Anoulak Kittikhoun, Susanne Schmeier
November 20, 2020

Will tensions and disputes among states sharing international water courses and lakes turn into active conflicts? Addressing this question, the book shows that these concerns are more prominent due to the locations and underlying political dynamics of some of these large rivers and the strategic ...

International Secretariats Two Centuries of International Civil Servants and Secretariats

International Secretariats: Two Centuries of International Civil Servants and Secretariats

1st Edition


Bob Reinalda
October 28, 2020

Providing a comprehensive overview of two centuries of international civil servants and international secretariats, this book reveals how international secretariats have emerged and evolved, focusing on both structures (international public administrations) and the practitioners (international ...

Regionalism Under Stress Europe and Latin America in Comparative Perspective

Regionalism Under Stress: Europe and Latin America in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Detlef Nolte, Brigitte Weiffen
July 02, 2020

Regionalism is under stress. The European Union has been challenged by the Eurozone crisis, refugee flows, terrorist attacks, Euroscepticism, and Brexit. In Latin America, regional cooperation has been stagnating. Studying Europe and Latin America within a broader comparative perspective, this ...

Contemporary Preventive Diplomacy

Contemporary Preventive Diplomacy

1st Edition

Bertrand G. Ramcharan
May 14, 2020

This book offers an explanation and evaluation of preventative diplomacy in an age of increasing precariousness. It emphasises the importance of pursuing diplomacy and human security in connection with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which promote development grounded in peace, justice, and...

Global Think Tanks Policy Networks and Governance

Global Think Tanks: Policy Networks and Governance

2nd Edition

James G. McGann, Laura C. Whelan
March 03, 2020

This completely revised edition of Global Think Tanks: Policy Networks and Governance provides a clear description of, and context for, the global proliferation of think tanks. It explores the origins, development, and diversity of think tanks and policy networks, discusses past and current issues ...

Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs

Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs

1st Edition

Dennis Dijkzeul, Margit Fauser
February 13, 2020

Analyzing the role and impact of Diaspora Organizations (DOs) in International Relations (IR), this interdisciplinary volume provides empirical accounts of their work across Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Over the last three decades, DOs have increased in number, spread to new ...

The International Organization for Migration Challenges, Commitments, Complexities

The International Organization for Migration: Challenges, Commitments, Complexities

1st Edition

Megan Bradley
February 07, 2020

Since its establishment in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expanded from a small, regionally specific, logistically focused outfit into a major international organization involved in an almost dizzying array of activities related to human mobility. In 2016, IOM joined ...

Negotiating Trade in Uncertain Worlds Misperception and Contestation in EU-West Africa Relations

Negotiating Trade in Uncertain Worlds: Misperception and Contestation in EU-West Africa Relations

1st Edition

Clara Weinhardt
December 11, 2019

This book shows how a constructivist account of bargaining sheds new light on the emergence of impasse situations in international trade negotiations. It uncovers the subtle ways in which misperceptions – and the problems of overcoming them – complicate negotiations. It brings to the forefront ...

Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups The Frontlines of Diplomacy

Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups: The Frontlines of Diplomacy

1st Edition

Ashley Jonathan Clements
December 02, 2019

Humanitarians operate on the frontlines of today’s armed conflicts, where they regularly negotiate to provide assistance and to protect vulnerable civilians. This book explores this unique and under-researched field of humanitarian negotiation. It details the challenges faced by humanitarians ...

India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA) The Rise of the Global South

India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA): The Rise of the Global South

1st Edition

Oliver Stuenkel
November 08, 2016

The establishment of the IBSA as one of the principal platforms of South-South cooperation is one of the most notable developments in international politics during the first decade of the twenty-first century. While the concept is now frequently referred to in discussions about the Global South, ...

Negotiations in the World Trade Organization Design and Performance

Negotiations in the World Trade Organization: Design and Performance

1st Edition

Michal Parizek
October 15, 2019

This book examines the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the context of the global economy in the twenty-first century, arguing that many problems within the institution lie in the disparity between its design and the nature of its tasks. Studying the global trade regime and the unsuccessful Doha...

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