Delusions of Grandeur


Questions whether or not the United Nations can be reformed in the post-Cold War period or is a failed experiment that should be abandoned.

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Questions whether or not the United Nations can be reformed in the post-Cold War period or is a failed experiment that should be abandoned.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882577491
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 7/29/1997
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Mirage of Global Collective Security 13
2 The United Nations and the Politics of Reform 29
3 The Creation, Fall, Rise, and Fall of the United Nations 45
4 UN Military Missions as a Snare for America 63
5 Using the United Nations to Advance U.S. Interests 79
6 UN Military Missions and the Imperial Presidency: Internationalism by the Back Door 97
7 Getting UN Military Operations Back to Basics 111
8 Systemic Corruption at the United Nations 127
9 Should the United Nations Have the Authority to Levy Taxes? 137
10 Reforming the United Nations 147
11 The United Nations and the Myth of Overpopulation 161
12 A Clean and Comfortable Planet without Global Regulation 171
13 Why We Need the United Nations to Protect the Global Environment 181
14 Does the World Health Organization Return Good Value to American Taxpayers? 191
15 Using the United Nations to Advance Sustainable Growth with Equity 203
16 The Impact of the UN's "Development Activities" on Third World Development 213
17 Nongovernmental Organizations and International Development Bureaucracies 227
18 The Record and Relevance of the World Bank and the IMF 239
Contributors 253
Index 259
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