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8th Edition

The United Nations and Changing World Politics

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ISBN 9780813349787
Published August 2, 2016 by Routledge
448 Pages

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Book Description

This completely revised and updated eighth edition serves as the definitive text for courses in which the United Nations is either the focus or a central component. Built around three critical themes in international relations (peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and sustainable human development) the eighth edition of The United Nations and Changing World Politics guides students through the seven turbulent decades of UN politics.

This new edition is fully revised to incorporate recent developments on the international stage, including new peace operations in Mali and the Central African Republic; ongoing UN efforts to manage the crises in Libya, Syria, and Iraq; the Iran Nuclear Deal; and the new Sustainable Development Goals. The authors discuss how international law frames the controversies at the UN and guides how the UN responds to violence and insecurity, gross violations of human rights, poverty, underdevelopment, and environmental degradation. Students of all levels will learn that the UN is a complex organization, comprised of three interactive entities that cooperate and also compete with each other to define and advance the UN's principles and purposes.

Table of Contents

Contents Tables and Illustrations Acknowledgments Foreword to the Eighth Edition, David M. Malone Acronyms Introduction What Is the United Nations? Politics and Power in the First, Second, and Third UN The Principles of the United Nations Structure of the Book Central Themes Notes Part One: International Peace and Security 1 The Theory and Practice of UN Collective Security Collective Security Regional Arrangements Notes 2 UN Security Efforts During the Cold War The Early Years: Palestine, Korea, Suez, the Congo Understanding Peacekeeping Economic Sanctions Notes 3 UN Security Operations After the Cold War, 1988--1998 UN Military Operations, 1988--1993 The Rebirth of Peacekeeping Moving Toward the Next Generation Moving Toward Enforcement Sanctions in the Post--Cold War Era: Humanitarian Dilemmas Operational Quandaries: Cambodia, the Former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Haiti Lessons Learned Notes 4 Security Operations Since 1999 The Responsibility to Protect Stabilized Security Operations Evolving Security Operations Whither the Responsibility to Protect? Notes 5 Confronting Contemporary Challenges Security Challenges Political Challenges The Challenges of Reform Incremental Change Notes Part Two: Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs 6 The United Nations, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs Understanding Human Rights Basic Norms in the UN Era International Humanitarian Law (Human Rights During War) Notes 7 Applying Human Rights Standards: The Roles of the First and Second UN Human Rights and the First UN Human Rights and the Second UN Human Rights and National Interest Notes 8 The Third UN in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs: The Role of Independent Experts and NGOs Experts and the Human Rights Council Supplemental Human Rights and Treaty Monitoring Bodies Nongovernmental Organizations Notes 9 Theories of Change Theoretical Considerations The International Criminal Court: Knowledge and Learning Learning and Democracy Human Rights and Development A Web of Norms Resulting in Change? Notes Part Three: Sustainable Human Development 10 Theories of Development at the United Nations Phase One: National State Capitalism (1945--1962) Phase Two: International Affirmative Action (1962--1981) Phase Three: Return to Neoliberalism (1981--1989) Phase Four: Sustainable Development and Globalization (1989--Present) Notes 11 Sustainable Development as Process: UN Organizations and Norms The UN Proper Members of the UN Family? Norm Creation and Coherence: A Partial History of Ideas The UN's Sustainable Human Development Model Notes 12 The UN and Development in a Globalizing World The MDG Strategy Implementing the MDGs A Global Partnership for Development From the MDGs to the SDGs Explaining Change Notes Conclusion: Learning from Change Measuring Change Learning Lessons? Articulation and Aggregation of Interests Rule Making Applying Rules Some Final Thoughts Notes Appendix A: The United Nations System Appendix B: Concise List of Internet Sites Relevant to the United Nations Appendix C: Charter of the United Nations Appendix D: United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights Appendix E: Sustainable Development Goals About the Book and Authors Index

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Thomas G Weiss

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