Global Institutions

Series Editors:

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.


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.

  • Global Think Tanks

    Policy Networks and Governance, 2nd Edition

    By James G. McGann, Laura C. Whelan

    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…

    Paperback – 2020-03-05 
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  • Diaspora Organizations in International Affairs

    1st Edition

    Edited by Dennis Dijkzeul, Margit Fauser

    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…

    Hardback – 2020-02-27 
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  • The International Organization for Migration

    Challenges, Commitments, Complexities, 1st Edition

    By Megan Bradley

    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…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
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  • Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups

    The Frontlines of Diplomacy, 1st Edition

    By Ashley Jonathan Clements

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-12-20 
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  • Negotiating Trade in Uncertain Worlds

    Misperception and Contestation in EU-West Africa Relations, 1st Edition

    By Clara Weinhardt

    This book shows how a constructivist account of bargaining sheds new light on the emergence of impasse situations in international negotiations. It brings to the forefront misperceptions and sticky beliefs that complicate trade talks between the Global South and the Global North. In doing so, it…

    Hardback – 2019-11-28 
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  • Negotiations in the World Trade Organization

    Design and Performance, 1st Edition

    By Michal Parizek

    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…

    Hardback – 2019-10-15
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  • Understanding the Humanitarian World

    1st Edition

    By Daniel G Maxwell, Kirsten Gelsdorf

    Conflict and disaster have been part of human history for as long as it has been recorded. Over time, more mechanisms for responding to crises have developed and become more systematized. Today a large and complex ‘global humanitarian response system’ made up of a multitude of local, national and…

    Paperback – 2019-05-17
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  • Towards a Global Consensus Against Corruption

    International Agreements as Products of Diffusion and Signals of Commitment, 1st Edition

    By Mathis Lohaus

    Corruption has long been identified as a governance challenge, yet it took states until the 1990s to adopt binding agreements combating it. While the rapid spread of anti-corruption treaties appears to mark a global consensus, a closer look reveals that not all regional and international…

    Hardback – 2019-03-05
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  • Multinational Rapid Response Mechanisms

    From Institutional Proliferation to Institutional Exploitation, 1st Edition

    Edited by John Karlsrud, Yf Reykers

    The track record of military rapid response mechanisms, troops on standby, ready to be deployed to a crisis within a short time frame by intergovernmental organizations, remains disappointing. Yet, many of the obstacles to multinational actors launching a rapid and effective military response in…

    Hardback – 2019-01-24
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  • The IMF, the WTO & the Politics of Economic Surveillance

    1st Edition

    By Martin Edwards

    Both the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) practice periodic surveillance of members to ensure that countries are adopting appropriate economic policies. Despite the importance of these procedures, they remain understudied by scholars. The global economic…

    Hardback – 2018-12-13
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  • A League of Democracies

    Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods, 1st Edition

    By John J. Davenport

    In the 21st century, as the peoples of the world grow more closely tied together, the question of real transnational government will finally have to be faced. The end of the Cold War has not brought the peace, freedom from atrocities, and decline of tyranny for which we hoped. It is also clearer…

    Hardback – 2018-12-13
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  • Accessing and Implementing Human Rights and Justice

    1st Edition

    Edited by Kurt Mills, Melissa Labonte

    Accessing human rights and justice mechanisms is a pressing issue in global politics. Although an understanding of justice is inherent in broad human rights discourses, there is no clear consensus on how to develop adequate means of accessing them in order to make a difference to people’s lives.…

    Hardback – 2018-12-11
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  • Moral Obligations and Sovereignty in International Relations

    A Genealogy of Humanitarianism, 1st Edition

    By Andrea Paras

    How has contemporary humanitarianism become the dominant framework for how states construct their moral obligations to non-citizens? To answer this question, this book examines the history of humanitarianism in international relations by tracing the relationship between transnational moral…

    Hardback – 2018-11-06
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  • Protecting the Internally Displaced

    Rhetoric and Reality, 1st Edition

    By Phil Orchard

    Today, there are over 40 million conflict-induced internally displaced persons (IDPs) globally, almost double the number of refugees. Yet, IDPs are protected only by the soft-law Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement at the global level. Instead of a dedicated international organization, IDPs…

    Hardback – 2018-10-30
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  • Global Business Associations

    1st Edition

    By Karsten Ronit

    Global business tends to be perceived as a number of individual but powerful multinational corporations, capable of controlling markets and influencing political decisions; in fact, global business is highly organized through a plethora of associations that bring together competing companies and…

    Paperback – 2018-10-15
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  • Human Rights and Justice

    Philosophical, Economic, and Social Perspectives, 1st Edition

    Edited by Melissa Labonte, Kurt Mills

    The relationship between human rights and justice is significant, deep, and ultimately contested. The two terms themselves – human rights and justice – have experienced both conceptual and operational pushback from many quarters in recent years. Although an understanding of justice is inherent in…

    Hardback – 2018-06-28
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  • The UN Military Staff Committee

    Recreating a Missing Capacity, 1st Edition

    By Alexandra Novosseloff

    The UN Military Staff Committee is a misunderstood organ, and never really worked as it was initially envisaged. This book charts its historic development as a means to explain the continuous debate about the reactivation of the Military Staff Committee and, more generally, the unsatisfied need for…

    Hardback – 2018-04-17
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  • Sovereign Rules and the Politics of International Economic Law

    1st Edition

    By Marc Froese

    How ought scholars and students to approach the rapidly expanding and highly multidisciplinary study of international economic law? Academics in the field of international political economy used to take for granted that they worked with the overarching concepts of rules and governance, while legal…

    Hardback – 2018-03-29
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  • The Use of Force in UN Peacekeeping

    1st Edition

    Edited by Peter Nadin

    This edited volume provides a detailed and nuanced analysis of UN peacekeeping and the use of force, to inform a better understanding of the complex and interconnected issues at stake for the UN community. Peacekeeping is traditionally viewed as a largely passive military activity, governed by…

    Hardback – 2018-02-14
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  • NGOs and Global Trade

    Non-state voices in EU trade policymaking, 1st Edition

    By Erin Hannah

    In a deeply iniquitous world, where the gains from trade are distributed unevenly and where trade rules often militate against progressive social values, human health, and sustainable development, NGOs are widely touted as our best hope for redressing these conditions. As a critical voice of the…

    Paperback – 2018-01-12
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  • UN Security Council Reform

    1st Edition

    By Peter Nadin

    This volume comprehensively evaluates the current state and future reform prospects of the UN Security Council, providing the most accessible and rigorous treatment of the subject of reform to date. Apart from a couple of critical eyes in the academic community, few have asked the pertinent…

    Paperback – 2018-01-12
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  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention

    Law and Practice in the Field, 1st Edition

    By Elizabeth M. Bruch

    Human rights, peacekeeping, and humanitarian intervention have emerged in the past decades as important components of international law and practice. Adopting a methodology of Institutional Ethnography informed by Actor-Network Theory, this book traces the practices of law and expertise from global…

    Paperback – 2018-01-12
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  • The Arctic Council

    Governance within the Far North, 1st Edition

    By Douglas C. Nord

    This book helps us to think carefully about how this area of the world should be best handled in the future by offering a concise and accessible introduction to the Arctic Council. Over the past two decades, the Arctic has evolved from being a remote region in international affairs to becoming an…

    Paperback – 2018-01-12
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  • Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

    Bridging the Theoretical and Practical Divide, 1st Edition

    Edited by Claudia Fuentes Julio, Paula Drumond

    Human rights and conflict resolution have been traditionally perceived as two separate fields, sometimes in competition or in tension and occasionally with contradictory approaches towards achieving a lasting peace. Although human rights norms have been incorporated and institutionalized by various…

    Hardback – 2017-11-21
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  • Global Trends and Transitions in Security Expertise

    From Nuclear Deterrence to Climate Change and Back Again, 1st Edition

    By James G. McGann

     The scope of Security and International Affairs research has expanded tremendously since the end of the Cold War to include topics beyond the realm of war studies or military statecraft. The field—once devoted solely to the study of conventional military and nuclear security issues—has…

    Hardback – 2017-11-13
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  • Expert Knowledge in Global Trade

    1st Edition

    Edited by Erin Hannah, James Scott, Silke Trommer

    This book explores tensions in global trade by examining the role of experts in generating, disseminating and legitimating knowledge about the possibilities of trade to work for global development. To this end, contributors assess authoritative claims on knowledge. They also consider structural…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • The Politics of International Organizations

    Views from insiders, 1st Edition

    Edited by Patrick Weller, Xu Yi-chong

    International organisations (IOs) often receive a bad press, seen as intrusive, domineering and unresponsive to the needs of the people and countries they are meant to serve. The best way to understand the operation of these international organisations is to bring together those who represent their…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • The United Nations as a Knowledge System

    1st Edition

    By Nanette Svenson

    This book seeks to explore how the UN has generated, warehoused, disseminated, structured, packaged, expanded, transferred and leveraged its vast resources of accumulated information and experience throughout the decades and, particularly, since the start of the 21st century with the introduction…

    Paperback – 2017-10-26
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  • The Organization of Islamic Cooperation

    Politics, Problems, and Potential, 1st Edition

    By Turan Kayaoglu

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the world’s leading international Islamic organization. Turan Kayaoglu provides the first accessible and concise introduction and overview of this important organization. This book details the OIC’s struggle to address popular…

    Paperback – 2017-10-13
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  • British Media and the Rwandan Genocide

    1st Edition

    By John Nathaniel Clarke

    Throughout the 1990s, humanitarian interventionism sat at a crossroads, where ideas about rights and duties within and beyond borders collided with an international reality of civil conflict where the most basic human rights were violated in the most brutal manner. This growing awareness of…

    Hardback – 2017-09-19
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  • UNHCR as a Surrogate State

    Protracted Refugee Situations, 1st Edition

    By Sarah Deardorff Miller

    International organizations (IOs) that focus on refugees are finding themselves spread increasingly thin. As the scale of displacement reaches historic levels—protracted refugee situations now average 26 years—organizations are staying for years on end, often working well beyond their original…

    Hardback – 2017-09-14
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  • Global Governance and China

    The Dragon’s Learning Curve, 1st Edition

    Edited by Scott Kennedy

    This volume offers systematic analysis of China’s growing engagement in global governance institutions over the past three decades. During this period, China has gone from outsider to observer to insider. The volume is based on studies of Chinese involvement in a wide cross section of regimes,…

    Paperback – 2017-09-13
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  • The League of Nations

    Enduring Legacies of the First Experiment at World Organization, 1st Edition

    By M. Patrick Cottrell

    The League of Nations occupies a fascinating yet paradoxical place in human history. Over time, it’s come to symbolize both a path to peace and to war, a promising vision of world order and a utopian illusion, an artifact of a bygone era and a beacon for one that may still come. As the first…

    Hardback – 2017-09-07
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  • Millennium Development Goals

    Ideas, Interests and Influence, 1st Edition

    By Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Heralded as a success that mobilized support for development, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ushered in an era of setting development agendas by setting global goals. This book critically evaluates the MDG experience from the capabilities and human rights perspectives, and questions the…

    Paperback – 2017-06-12
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  • International Organizations and Military Affairs

    1st Edition

    By Hylke Dijkstra

    From the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations to the NATO International Staff and the European External Action Service, international bureaucrats make decisions that affect life and death. In carrying out their functions, these officials not only facilitate the work of the member states, but…

    Paperback – 2017-04-26
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  • Sustainable Development Goals and UN Goal-Setting

    1st Edition

    By Stephen Browne

    This book explores the record of the UN development system (UNDS) over more than 70 years as a fount of ideas and concepts in development; as a contributor to development thinking and strategy; and as the principal source of global development goals from the first UN Development Decade to the SDGs.…

    Paperback – 2017-04-13
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  • Inside the United Nations

    Multilateral Diplomacy Up Close, 1st Edition

    By Gert Rosenthal

    Inside the United Nations illustrates some of the parameters surrounding consensus-building at the United Nations, seeking to provide new insights beyond what is already known. The author spent twelve years as P.R of Guatemala at the UN, offering him privileged observatories in all three of the…

    Hardback – 2017-03-27
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  • International Institutions of the Middle East

    The GCC, Arab League, and Arab Maghreb Union, 1st Edition

    By James Worrall

    This volume is a key text for understanding the major regional international organizations of the Middle East. Analysing the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab-Maghreb Union in a concise and accessible format, it explores their successes and failures across their full range of…

    Paperback – 2017-03-16
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  • The Politics of Expertise in International Organizations

    How International Bureaucracies Produce and Mobilize Knowledge, 1st Edition

    Edited by Annabelle Littoz-Monnet

    This edited volume advances existing research on the production and use of expert knowledge by international bureaucracies. Given the complexity, technicality and apparent apolitical character of the issues dealt with in global governance arenas, ‘evidence-based’ policy-making has imposed itself as…

    Hardback – 2017-02-27
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  • United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations

    Corporate Conduct and the Public Interest, 1st Edition

    By Khalil Hamdani, Lorraine Ruffing

    The United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC) was established in 1975 and abolished in 1992. It was an early effort by the UN to address the overlapping issues of national sovereignty, corporate responsibility and global governance. These issues have since multiplied and deepened…

    Paperback – 2017-02-27
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  • Who Participates in Global Governance?

    States, bureaucracies, and NGOs in the United Nations, 1st Edition

    By Molly Ruhlman

    Why are non-state actors sometimes granted participation rights in international organizations? This book argues that IOs, and the states that compose them, systematically pursue their interests when granting participation rights to NSAs. This book demonstrates that NSAs have long been…

    Paperback – 2017-02-27
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  • Obstacles to Peacebuilding

    1st Edition

    By Graciana del Castillo

    Combining the insights of a seasoned practitioner with the academic rigor of a meticulous policy and risk analyst, del Castillo discusses the major obstacles to peacebuilding that need to be removed before war-torn countries can move towards peace, stability, and prosperity. As Secretary-General…

    Paperback – 2017-02-20
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  • UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era

    Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats, 1st Edition

    Edited by Cedric de Coning, Chiyuki Aoi, John Karlsrud

    This edited volume offers a thorough review of peacekeeping theory and reality in contemporary contexts, and aligns the two to help inform practice. Recent UN peacekeeping operations have challenged the traditional peacekeeping principles of consent, impartiality and the minimum use of force. The…

    Paperback – 2017-02-14
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  • Global Environmental Institutions

    2nd Edition

    By Elizabeth R. DeSombre

    Global Environmental Institutions continues to provide the most accessible and succinct overview of the major global institutions attempting to protect the natural environment. Fully updated throughout to reflect the latest environmental issues, the second edition includes substantial new material…

    Paperback – 2017-02-09
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  • Summits & Regional Governance

    The Americas in Comparative Perspective, 1st Edition

    Edited by Gordon Mace, Jean-Philippe Therien, Diana Tussie, Olivier Dabène

    Despite the large number of regional and global summits there is very little known about the functioning and impact of this particular type of diplomatic practice. While recognizing that the growing importance of summits is a universal phenomenon, this volume takes advantage of the richness of the…

    Paperback – 2017-01-27
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  • The BRICS and Coexistence

    An Alternative Vision of World Order, 1st Edition

    Edited by Cedric de Coning, Thomas Mandrup, Liselotte Odgaard

    The grouping consisting of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) was initially meant to be nothing more than clever investment jargon referring to the largest and most attractive emerging economies. However, these countries identified with the BRIC concept, and started to meet annually as a group…

    Paperback – 2016-12-02
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  • Transformations in Trade Politics

    Participatory Trade Politics in West Africa, 1st Edition

    By Silke Trommer

    This book examines the evolution and application of participatory trade politics in West Africa and discusses the theoretical implications for political economy and global governance approaches to trade policy-making. The author traces the involvement of a network of West African global justice…

    Paperback – 2016-12-02
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  • Global Governance and Transnationalizing Capitalist Hegemony

    The Myth of the 'Emerging Powers', 1st Edition

    By Ian Taylor

    This book is a critique of claims regarding how emerging economies are supposedly rewriting the rules of global governance and ushering in alternative models to neoliberal orthodoxy. It argues that such assumptions are abstractions that ignore both the transnationalizing nature of the global…

    Hardback – 2016-11-28
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  • India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA)

    The Rise of the Global South, 1st Edition

    By Oliver Stuenkel

    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,…

    Paperback – 2016-11-08
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  • Making Global Institutions Work

    1st Edition

    Edited by Kate Brennan

    This book seeks to think differently about what we recognize as "global institutions" and how they could work better for the people who need them most. By so doing, the contributions show that there is a group of institutions that influence enough people’s lives in significant enough ways through…

    Paperback – 2016-10-11
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