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Delusions of Grandeur

Delusions of Grandeur

by Ted Galen Carpenter

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Questions whether or not the United Nations can be reformed


Questions whether or not the United Nations can be reformed

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Edited by the director of foreign affairs of the Cato Institute, this work is an excellent contribution to the ongoing debate over the future role and prospects of the United Nations (see also Geoffrey Simons's UN Malaise, St. Martin's, 1995). The outgrowth of a 1996 conference, it covers the controversial political issues of U.N. institutional reform, U.S. policy, and the U.N.'s role as peacemaker and peacekeeper, as well as the oft-overlooked activities of the world organization in the social, environmental, and economic spheres. Carpenter's introductory chapter nicely summarizes the major conclusions of each of the 18 contributors, all of them knowledgeable and representing varied points of view. Although most essays tend to be critical, this does not detract from the usefulness of the "sober and reasoned approaches" presented, making for a provocative and timely discussion that should appeal to both informed general readers and international relations specialists.David Ettinger, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.

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in the post-Cold War period or is a failed experiment that should be abandoned.

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