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From the Publisher"If you think the UN needs reform, you should read this book; if you doubt whether reform is possible, it is essential that you read it."
Sir Marrack Goulding, Warden, St Antony's College, Oxford University and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping and Political Affairs
"This volume is a critique, not a text, of how the UN deals with the use of force. It is authored by an astute observer of the organisation who wants to make it a more effective instrument for responding to both 'soft' and 'hard' security threats. Thakur has produced a sophisticated and non-ideological analysis, which makes a very timely contribution to academic and policy debates."
John Gerard Ruggie, Harvard University; formerly UN Assistant Secretary-General
"Nobody has written with greater insight on the UN in recent years than Ramesh Thakur. This volume examines the UN afresh, from a contemporary post-9/11 context, looking at it from new angles such as that of human security. For those with an interest in the new multilateralism, it is a 'must read'."
David Malone, President, International Peace Academy (1998-2004), and former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
"This is a remarkable book, both for its breadth and depth, and it could not be more timely. Thakur is able to see the UN whole, taking account of all the competing tensions 'inherent and intrinsic to the nature of the UN, between .. realpolitik and idealism, force and diplomacy, power and justice, efficiency and legitimacy, enforcement mandate and humanitarian agenda, [and] wealth and equity'. At the same time, the narrative has a driving force, connecting the U.N.'s past to its future, its problems to its potential. If you have time for only one book on the U.N. in this critical year of U.N. reform, this should be it."
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
"Ramesh Thakur has established a formidable reputation as one of the world's foremost commentators on the United Nations. From his unique vantage point within the system, while enjoying the academic detachment of a University perch, he has reflected widely and thoughtfully about the principal challenges facing the world organisation. His writing is incisive, his ideas insightful, his erudition considerable - and he combines these with a style that manages to be both provocative and pleasing. There is no better or more readable guide to today's United Nations than Ramesh Thakur."
Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and award-winning author and novelist
"[Professor Thakur] is perhaps the most outstanding contemporary commentator on the United Nations system, and his new book offers a comprehensive, incisive, and theoretically rich appraisal of both the pressures and the opportunities which the UN confronts... Put simply, this book is one of the best ever written on the UN, and it deserves a wide and attentive readership."
William Maley, Diplomatic Bulletin
"In his fascinating volume, Ramesh Thakur discusses various perspectives on security through the United Nations including his role as a member of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty... Thakur sensibly notes the imbalance of voices in international global discourse, which has built up a dangerous sense of resentment by the silent majority of the world's peoples."
"This volume...reads like a personal stocktaking of the author’s decade with the United Nations, but more than that it is a closely argued and informative account of the major issues at and the systemic development of the Organization over that same period, coincidentally with Kofi Annan's tenure as UN Secretary-General....It is a formidably strong and personal account of the United Nations evolution in the last decade or so. It is at the same time a sternly structured compilation and practical source."
Anthony McDermott, UN Chronicle
"Very few observers of the United Nations system have written about the organization with as much insight as Ramesh Thakur...a remarkably frank and honest volume that is both sensitively critical and eruditely insightful,...The United Nations, Peace and Security is a definite 'must-read' for anyone interested in a balanced, but passionate, assessment of how far the UN has come since the end of the Cold War and where it is headed in the twenty-first century."
W. Andy Knight, International Journal
"Ramesh Thakur’s The United Nations, Peace and Security is a terrific book on the UN."
Michael Bérubé, Politics and Culture blog