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A comprehensive guide to the world body’s institutions, procedures, policies, specialized agencies, historic personalities, initiatives, and involvement in world affairs, The New United Nations is organized thematically, blending both topical and chronological explanations making reference to current terms and theories. The first book of its kind on the market, it presents the UN in its evolving role in this new era since the Cold War and shows its responsibilities for meeting challenges to the global community. Written in a clear, narrative style, The New United Nations discusses such topics as human rights, the new judicial diplomacy, peacekeeping, state-building, peacemaking, women’s issues, sustainable development, non-governmental actors in the UN process, the environment, disease (particularly HIV/AIDS), the role of world conferences, the global compact, and smart sanctions. An excellent reference and handbook for anyone involved in international relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131844889
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/26/2005
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summing Up This Chapter.)

A Message to Readers

The Text

The Subject

Theories of International Relations




Critical Theory and Constructivism


Dependency Theory


The United Nations

1. The Many Places of the United Nations.

New York City

Geneva, Switzerland

Nairobi, Kenya

Vienna, Austria

The Hague, Netherlands

Montreal, Canada

Rome, Italy

Pristina, Serbia-Montenegro; Dili, Timor-Leste

The New United Nations

2. The UN’s Origins and History.

International Relations Before the Twentieth Century

The Concert of Europe

The League of Nations and World War II

The League of Nations

Wilson and the League’s Elemental Weaknesses

American and Allied Visions of the Post-World War II Period

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 — 1945)

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)

Dumbarton Oaks Conference

The Yalta Conference

Bretton Woods

United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO ¾San Francisco Conference)

Eleanor’s UN: Beyond International Peace and Security

Specialized Agencies and Eleanor’s UN

Non-governmental Organizations and Eleanor’s UN

Millennium Summit Goals and Eleanor’s UN

The Cold War


Nuclear Weapons

Persisting Tensions

The Waning of the Cold War

Iraq and the Post-Cold War UN

3. Evolving Charter.

Amending the Charter

Informal Modifications in the Charter

Charter VI ½ Provisions

The Cold War, Expanding Membership, and the Charter


North-South Relations and the UN

National Liberation and the UN

The Non-Aligned Movement and the UN

Evolving International Law

Financial Crisis and the Impetus for Reform

The Continuing Budget Crisis

Scale of Assessment and the Budget Process

US Non-payment of UN Dues and the Demand for Reforms: Is the UN Worth It?

UN Reform

Efforts by Pérez de Cuéllar and Boutros-Ghali to Accommodate US Demands for Reform

Kofi Annan and the Reform “Revolution”

Administrative Reform

Programmatic Reform

Structural Reform

Rumors of Scandal

4. Evolving Institutions.

The United Nations System

General Assembly

Security Council

Council Organization

Council Powers

The Use of the Veto

Economic and Social Council

Trusteeship Council


International Court of Justice

Specialized Agencies, Programmes and Funds

New Structures on the Global Stage

World Conferences

Global Compact

Special Rapporteurs

Human Rights Tribunals

Globalization, Bretton woods Institutions, and the UN

Bretton Woods

World Bank

International Monetary Fund

World Trade Organization

5. Maintaining International Peace and Security.

Collective Security

The UN Charter’s Collective Security Provisions

Chapters VI and VII of the UN Charter

Collective Security under Cold War Conditions

Uniting for Peace Resolution

Emergency Special Sessions of the General Assembly

Peacekeeping and Military Observer Groups

Disarmament and Arms Control

Changing Disarmament Priorities

Post-Cold War Collective Security

Smart Sanctions

The UN’s Longest Collective Security Crisis: The Arab-Israeli Dispute

6. Peacekeeping and Nation-Building.

Important Cold War Peacekeeping Missions

United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP)

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC)

United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)

Second-Generation Peacekeeping

UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations


The Former Yugoslavia


Brahimi Report





Sierra Leone and Liberia

7. Making Global Public Policy: Promoting Civil Society, Human Rights, Women.

The Age of the NGO

Special Rapporteurs

The Global Compact

Global Civil Society

Human Rights — The Policy Process

Human Rights — The Judicial Process

Women — Securing Group Rights through Public Mobilization

Research on Women

Assistance to Women

8. Economic Development, the Environment, and Health Policy.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The United Nations Development Programme

The Right to Development and the Least Developed Countries

The Environment and Sustainable Development

The United Nations Environment Programme

Atmosphere and Climate Change

Water Pollution and Marine Resources

Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Deforestation and Desertification

International Financing

Sustainable Human Development — The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

9. Epilogue.



Appendix A: Charter of the United Nations.

Appendix B: Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Appendix C: United Nations Member States, August 2004.

Appendix D: Secretaries-general of the United Nations.

Appendix E: Statute of the International Court of Justice.

Appendix F: Selected United Nations Resolutions.

Appendix G: Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in This Text.

Illustrations, Tables, Charts, and Information Boxes

(The number in parentheses is the Chapter number)

United Nations Bodies in Geneva (1)

UN Specialized Agencies Around the World (1)

Principal Offices of the United Nations System (1)

Palais des Nations [photo] (1)

UN Building [photo] (1)

Important Moments in the Founding of the United Nations (2)

Molotov, Stettinius, Eden at San Francisco [photo] (2)

Chronology of UN Reform (3)

Executive Committees of the United Nations (3)

Helms’ Quotations (3)

International Court of Justice [photo] (3)

Economic and Social Council: Its Network of Commissions, Committees, Bodies, Funds, Programmes, and Experts (4)

Chronology of General Assembly Special Sessions (4)

The United Nations System (4)

General Assembly [photo] (4)

Security Council Members Adopting Brahimi Report [photo] (4)

UN Specialized Agencies Around the World (4)

Security Council Resolution 242 (5)

Emergency Special Sessions of the UN General Assembly Authorized by the Uniting for Peace Resolution (5)

The Legal Basis for Collective Security: The Covenant of the League of Nations (5)

The Legal Basis for Collective Security: The Charter of the United Nations (5)

Security Council, Richard Holbrooke as president, Debate on AIDS [photo] (5)

Map of Ongoing Peacekeeping Missions (6)

Map of Ongoing Political and Peace-Building Missions (6)

UNTAET [photo] (6)

International Bill of Human Rights (7)

Agenda 21, Chapter 27: NGO Participation in the UN System (7)

Chronology: United Nations Efforts on Behalf of Women (7)

Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights [photo] (7)

Chronology: United Nations Policy on the Environment (8)

Millennium Development Goals and Targets (8)

United Nations Development Programme at a Glance (8)

Vaccination in Congo [photo] (8)


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