The United Nations and Changing World Politics / Edition 5

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With updates throughout, this newly revised fifth edition serves as the definitive text for courses dealing with the United Nations. Built around three critical themes in international relations-international peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and building peace through sustainable development-The United Nations and Changing World Politics, fifth edition, guides students through the complexity of politics and history of the UN. Students of all levels will learn what the UN is, how it operates, and what its relationships are with the universe of external actors and institutions, from sovereign states to the plethora of nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations now playing important roles in world politics. This new edition is fully revised to take into account recent events, including the aftermath of September 11th and the war on terrorism, the war in Iraq, the first deliberations of the International Criminal Court, and the largest-ever world summit on the occasion of the UN’s sixtieth anniversary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343471
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he is also one of the directors of the UN Intellectual History Project and one of the editors of Global Governance. David P. Forsythe is professor and chairman in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Roger A. Coate is professor of government and international studies at the University of South Carolina. Kelly-Kate Pease is associate professor and director of International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis. She is author of International Organizations: Perspectives on Governance in the 21st Century (2002) and has published several articles and book chapters on human rights, humanitarian intervention, humanitarian assistance, and foreign policy.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Illustrations     ix
Foreword to the Second Edition   Inis L. Claude Jr.     xiii
Foreword to the Third Edition   Leon Gordenker     xv
Foreword to the Fourth Edition   James O. C. Jonah     xviii
Foreword to the Fifth Edition   Richard Jolly     xxiii
Preface to the Fifth Edition   Thomas G. Weiss   David P. Forsythe   Roger A. Coate   Kelly-Kate Pease     xxvi
Acronyms     xxxv
Introduction     xxxix
The Legal Foundations of Sovereignty     xliv
State Sovereignty     xliv
Changing Raisons d'Etat     l
The United Nations: Actor or Institutional Framework?     lii
UN Politics     lvii
Notes     lix
International Peace and Security     1
The Theory of UN Collective Security     3
Collective Security in General     4
The United Nations and Security: Some Basics     7
Regional Arrangements     17
Straying from the Course     23
Notes     23
UN Security Efforts During the Cold War     27
The Early Years: Palestine, Korea, Suez, the Congo     27
Understanding Peacekeeping     33
"Chapter Six and a Half" on Hold, 1978-1988     39
Economic Sanctions     41
Notes     43
UN Security Operations After the Cold War     45
The First UN Military Operations After the End of the Cold War, 1988-1993     46
The Rebirth of Peacekeeping     49
Moving Toward the Next Generation     53
Moving Toward Enforcement     56
Nonforcible Sanctions in the Post-Cold War Era: Humanitarian Dilemmas     61
Operational Quandaries: Cambodia, the Former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Haiti     63
Ever-Evolving Security Operations: Kosovo, East Timor, and Sierra Leone     76
Conclusion     81
Notes     88
The Challenges of the Twenty-First Century     95
After September 11, What's New?     95
Political Challenges     103
Institutional Challenges     106
The World Summit 2005     114
Professional Changes: Strengthening the Secretariat     121
Explaining Change     127
Notes     129
Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs     135
The United Nations, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs      137
The Theory     138
Understanding Rights     140
Basic Norms in the UN Era     145
Core Norms Beyond the Charter     150
Supplementing the Core     155
Notes     160
The United Nations and Applying Human Rights Standards     165
Security Council     167
General Assembly     175
International Criminal Court     177
Office of the Secretary-General     179
High Commissioner for Human Rights     182
Commission on Human Rights (1946-2006)     185
Human Rights Council (2006-)     189
Supplemental Human Rights Bodies     192
Supervising Rights and Development     203
Emergency Assistance     206
Notes     212
Change, the United Nations, and Human Rights     219
More on Raisons d'Etat     221
State Coalitions     224
Nonstate Actors     226
Theories of Change     229
Notes     237
Sustainable Human Development     239
Theories of Development at the United Nations     241
The Politics of Changing Theories     245
Notes      264
Sustainable Development as Process: UN Organizations and Norms     269
Unpacking the Organizational Chart: Coordination, Again     270
Particular Contributions to Sustainable Development     273
The UN and the IMF and World Bank     283
Norm Creation and Coherence: History of Ideas     285
The UN's Sustainable Human Development Model     298
Notes     301
The UN, Development, and Globalization     305
Globalization and Global Governance     306
The MDG Strategy     310
Implementing the MDGs     313
A Global Partnership for Development     327
Globalization, MDGs, Partnerships     336
Explaining Change     338
Notes     340
Conclusion: Learning from Change     345
Learning Lessons?     347
Articulation and Aggregation of Interests     350
Rule-Making     357
Rule Enforcement     360
Some Final Thoughts     366
Notes     371
The United Nations System     375
Concise List of Internet Sites Relevant to the United Nations     376
Charter of the United Nations     377
United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights     396
About the Book and Authors     400
Index     402
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