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The UN and the Global South, 1945 and 2015

1st Edition

Edited by Thomas G. Weiss, Pallavi Roy

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There is a woeful neglect of the current United Nations in the academic and policy literatures, and so it is unsurprising that an examination of that multilateral structure before 1945 shows an even more egregious absence of analytical attention. Such ignorance conveniently ignores the forgotten genius of 1942–1945, namely in the wide substantive and geographic relevance of multilateralism during the World War II and in the foundations for the contemporary world order. The wartime and immediate post-war United Nations was not simply dictated by the US State Department, Whitehall, and the foreign ministries of the West—even a generation before decolonisation had proceeded apace and two-thirds of UN member states moved into the limelight as erstwhile colonies. These essays interrogate the extent to which anti-colonialists and other nationalists resisting imperial rule embraced the promise of a rule-based world order as a normatively and operationally valuable projection in 1945. They critically review the worlds of 1945 and 2015, of then and now, to determine the role of continuity and change, of the continuing bases for compromise and for the clashes between the Global South and North. This book was previously published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The UN and the Global South, 1945 and 2015: past as prelude?

Thomas G. Weiss and Pallavi Roy

PART 1. IDEAS AND SHIFTING POWER RELATIONS

1. Idea-shift: how ideas from the rest are reshaping global order

Amitav Acharya

2. Emerging powers and the creation of the UN: three ships of Theseus

Adriana Erthal Abdenur

PART 2. INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY

3. The revolt against the West: intervention and sovereignty

Adekeye Adebajo

4. The South and disarmament at the UN

Dan Plesch

5. Arab agency and the UN project: the League of Arab States between universality and regionalism

Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

PART THREE. HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT

6. Normative human rights cascades, North and South

Bertrand G. Ramcharan

7. Managing the global commons: common good or common sink?

Nico Schrijver

8. Developing countries and the right to development: a retrospective and prospective African view

Fantu Cheru

9. Economic growth, the UN and the Global South: an unfulfilled promise

Pallavi Roy

About the Editors

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He was named 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and 2016 Distinguished IO Scholar by the International Studies Association.

Pallavi Roy is a lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London.

About the Series

ThirdWorlds

THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL007000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL011010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL021000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties
POL033000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Globalization
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
POL040020
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
POL045000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
POL048000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations
POL062000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Geopolitics