The Future of the United Nations: Understanding the Past to Chart a Way Forward


This book shows how the UN has proven inept at maintaining world peace and promoting human rights. The author proposes a smaller version of the organization, refocused on simpler aims.

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This book shows how the UN has proven inept at maintaining world peace and promoting human rights. The author proposes a smaller version of the organization, refocused on simpler aims.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844771991
  • Publisher: Aei Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/2007
  • Pages: 175
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Birth of the UN: A Case of Thoughtless Paternity 7
2 After Sixty Years: Failure on Many Fronts 17
Keeping the Peace 17
Nuclear Nonproliferation 34
A Moral Beacon? 42
Human Rights 59
Some Nations Are Less Equal than Others 62
Combating Poverty 69
3 Some Areas of Success 73
Peacekeeping 73
Regulatory Agencies 75
4 Sources of Failure 81
The Non-Aligned Movement 81
European Anti-Americanism 83
Lack of Accountability 86
Serving Its Own Interests 89
5 Proposals for Reform: Hope Springs Eternal 92
Improving the UN's Efficiency 94
Enhancing the UN's Capabilities 97
Revising the UN's Political Structures 100
The Security Council and the United States 106
6 A Better Approach 110
Appendix A Which United Nations Member Countries Voted Most Often with the United States in the UN General Assembly? 123
Appendix B Odd Man Out or Back Where We Started? 129
Appendix C The UN's Budget: Who Pays? 130
Appendix D The Commission on Human Rights: Foxes Guarding the Chicken Coop 136
Notes 139
Index 155
About the Author 167
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