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The United Nations Trusteeship System Legacies, Continuities, and Change

Edited By Jan Lüdert, Maria Ketzmerick, Julius Heise Copyright 2023
    ISBN 9781032028026
    242 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    Published November 10, 2022 by Routledge

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    This book considers the past and present legacies, continuities and change of the United Nations Trusteeship System by assessing consequences and legacies of decolonization in contemporary society, international organizations and international politics. International contributors address the UN Trusteeship System as a venue for multiple state and non- state actors and its effect on the international system. Rather than viewing UN trusteeship as a bygone phenomenon, the volume underscores its current relevance, particularly in view of the recent resurgence of trusteeship models such as in Kosovo and East Timor. Offering a novel and robust, yet simple and intuitive analytical framework through which to understand a broad range of cases related to the Trusteeship System and its impact on the international system, the book places emphasis on the agency of states in the Global South and highlights the importance of multiple actors in global governance. It will be of interest to scholars of international relations theory and history in a variety of fields, ranging from African Politics to Intergovernmental Organizations and Comparative Politics.

    1 Introduction  Maria Ketzmerick, Jan Lüdert, and Julius Heise
    2 Institutional Design of the UN Trusteeship System: Between Colonial Interests and Anti-colonial Ambitions  Jan Lüdert
    3 Decolonization and (the Limits of) UN Agency: The UN Secretariat and the Trusteeship System  Eva-Maria Muschik
    4 Partitioning Togoland by Nullifying the Right to Petition  Julius Heise
    5 A Colonial War Under UN Supervision? The Trusteeship System and the Silenced War in Cameroon  Maria Ketzmerick
    6 Colonial Legacies of Decolonization: The Trust Territory of Somaliland and Italian Behavior toward the Horn of Africa Alessia Tortolini
    7 Nuclear Testing on the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands: How the US Became an Imperial Power in the Region of Micronesia  Elisa Leclerc
    8 “Now the UN Has its First Colony”: Technical Assistance and Informal Trusteeship during the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Congo, 1960 Margot Tudor
    9 Breaking with the Past? Neo-Trusteeship in the 21st Century  Werner Distler
    10 Trusteeship as Affective Arrangement: Exploring Affective Practices of an International Bureaucracy Thorsten Bonacker


    Jan Lüdert is the Head of Programs at the German Center for Research and Innovation in New York City. He previously served as Associate Professor at City University of Seattle.

    Maria Ketzmerick is an assistant professor at the University of Bayreuth and a Principal Investigator in the Network 'Postcolonial Hierarchies'.

    Julius Heise is a doctoral researcher at the Marburg Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) and research fellow at the collaborative research center 'Dynamics of Security'.

    ‘The United Nations Trusteeship System offers a compelling global exploration of the phenomenon of trusteeship in the second half of the twentieth century. Building on an extensive body of scholarship on the United Nations Trusteeship System, these scholars elucidate important continuities with the past but also critical resonances with the present. The chapters in this volume expertly navigate between the global and the local and offer historical perspectives from both Western actors and the inhabitants of trust territories. This book will be essential reading for anyone looking to understand the history of the United Nations as well as scholars and students of European colonialism and decolonization in the twentieth century.’  

    Jessica Lynne Pearson, Macalester College, USA

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