Multilateralism under Challenge?

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The principles, values, and manifestations of multilateralism, including the United Nations, are under sustained scrutiny and assault. Their performance and effectiveness are questioned, as are their decisionmaking procedures and their representation, according to 21st-century standards of accountability and democracy. All of this has a corrosive effect on their legitimacy.

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Overview

The principles, values, and manifestations of multilateralism, including the United Nations, are under sustained scrutiny and assault. Their performance and effectiveness are questioned, as are their decisionmaking procedures and their representation, according to 21st-century standards of accountability and democracy. All of this has a corrosive effect on their legitimacy.

Multilateralism under Challenge? explores the performance and future of multilateral approaches and institutions with reference to major global problems such as terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, economic justice, human rights, and humanitarian assistance.

"Multilateralism is an essential component of international life, as the contributions to this volume clearly demonstrate. We need to make multilateralism more effective and more accountable, to be sure. This book advances constructive ideas on how to do just that." —John G. Ruggie, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811292
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Newman is the director of studies on conflict and security in the Peace and Governance Program of the United Nations University. Ramesh Thakur is professor of international relations in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University. He previously served as senior vice-rector of the United Nations University and assistant secretary general of the United Nations. John Tirman is the executive director of the Center for International Studies at MIT.

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Table of Contents


Figures     viii
Contributors     ix
Abbreviations     xi
Introduction   Edward Newman   Ramesh Thakur   John Tirman     1
Themes     19
Saving humanity from hell   Shashi Tharoor     21
IndexCommunitarian multilateralism   Emanuel Adler     34
The contingent legitimacy of multilateralism   Robert O. Keohane     56
Power and world order   Coral Bell     77
Multilateralism, sovereignty and normative change in world   Amitav Acharya     95
From (alleged) unipolarity to the decline of multilateralism? A power-theoretical critique   Stefano Guzzini     119
The genealogy of muUilateralism: Reflections on an organizational form and its crisis   Friedrich Kratochwil     139
Multilateral crises in historical perspective   Edward Newman     160
Issues and challenges     179
Something old, something new: Theoretical perspectives on contemporary international peace and security   K. J. Holsti     181
Weapons of mass destruction   Trevor Findlay     207
International humanitarianism in the contemporary world: Forms and issues   David P. Forsythe     234
Progress and problems in the multilateral human rights regime   Richard J. Goldstone   Erin P. Kelly     259
Environmental multilateralism under challenge?   Joyeeta Gupta     289
AIDS, power, culture and multilateralism   Gwyn Prins     308
The uninvited challenge: Terrorism targets the United Nations   Edward C. Luck     336
Civil wars, globalization, and the "Washington Consensus"   John Tirman     356
Using military force for human protection: What next?   Thomas G. Weiss     376
Social movements and multilateralism   Jackie Smith     395
Multilateralism and economic justice   Sirkku K. Hellsten     422
From unilateralism to bilateralism: Challenges for the multilateral trade system   Beth A. Simmons     441
Multilateralism as a way of life in Europe   A.J.R. Groom     460
Between a rock and a hard place: Latin America and multilateralism after 9/11   Jorge Heine     481
From economic to security multilateralism: Great powers and international order in the Asia Pacific   Quansheng Zhao     504
Conclusions: Multilateralism under challenge or in crisis?   Edward Newman   Ramesh Thakur      531
Index     541
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