Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain: The United Nations at Fifty / Edition 1

Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain: The United Nations at Fifty / Edition 1

by Ramesh Thakur
     
 

The United Nations opened up new horizons in 1945. But the steps taken since then have been small hesitant and limited. The founding dream of a world community equal in rights and united in vision has never come close to being realized. The end of the Cold War and the forceful response to Iraq's aggression created expectations that the UN would change from a

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The United Nations opened up new horizons in 1945. But the steps taken since then have been small hesitant and limited. The founding dream of a world community equal in rights and united in vision has never come close to being realized. The end of the Cold War and the forceful response to Iraq's aggression created expectations that the UN would change from a marginal into a central player in world affairs. These hopes were seemingly dashed in Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia. Has the United Nations abdicated its moral duty as the custodian of our hopes for a better world? In this book, foreign ministers and generals, as well as ambassadors and scholars, provide sober assessments of how the United Nations can meet the challenge of a balance between the desirable and the possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312212469
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
• Notes on Contributors
• List of Abbreviations
• Foreword--Don McKinnen
• Introduction--Ramesh Thakur
• The Achievements and Shortcomings of the United Nations--Gareth Evans
• The United Nations and the Mediation of International Disputes--Jacob Bercovitch
• UN Peacekeeping: Cosmetic of Comprehensive?--Reginald H. F. Austin
• A UN Agenda for Development: Reflections on the Social Question in the South--Jorge Heine
• Peacekeeping in Africa: A New Zealand Defense Force Perspective--Tom O'Reilly
• The UNTAC Military Component--John M. Sanderson
• The Bosnia Experience--Michael Rose
• Reforming the Security Council: A Japanese Perspective--Takahiro Shinyo
• An Asian Perspective on the United Nations System--S. K. Singh
• The Adaptation of the United Nations to a Turbulent World--James N. Rosenau
• Reforming the United Nations--Keith Suter
• Promoting Peacemaking and Peacekeeping: The Role and Perspective of the International Peace Academy--Olara A. Otunnu
• Global Governance and the United Nations--A. J. R. Groom
• Summary: A Mid-Life Crisis for the UN at Fifty--Bruce Brown
• Index

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