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The United Nations faced unprecedented opportunities and heightened expectations when the Cold War ended in 1998-90. But by the time of its fiftieth anniversary in 1995, the mood had shifted. Peacekeepers were bogged down in Bosnia and Somalia. Iraq continued to test the UN’s resolve to enforce arms control inspections. In much of the world, the gap between the haves and tThe United Nations faced unprecedented opportunities and heightened expectations when the Cold War ended in 1998-90. But by the time of its fiftieth anniversary in 1995, the mood had shifted. Peacekeepers were bogged down in Bosnia and Somalia. Iraq continued to test the UN’s resolve to enforce arms control inspections. In much of the world, the gap between the haves and the have-nots was increasing. The Earth Summit failed to halt environmental degradation. A new financial crisis loomed with the United States first among those owing money to the UN. Everyone agreed that reform was needed, yet the political will to effect change was absent.In this second edition of their popular book, The United Nations in the Post-Cold War Era, Karen Mingst and Margaret Karns have undertaken major revisions along with thorough updating. A new opening chapter provides an overview of the UN’s evolving role in world politics, along with introducing three core dilemmas -- the tensions between sovereignty and its erosion, between demands for global governance and the weakness of UN institutions, and between the need for leadership and the diffusion of power. The authors explore these dilemmas in the context of the UN’s experience in maintaining peace, promoting stability, environmental sustainability, and human rights.Mingst and Karns retain two distinctive features of the book’s first edition: the consideration of various actors’ roles in the UN system, from major powers to small states, coalitions, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and a series of case studies probing the politics and processes of UN action. These include the women in development agenda, the campaign against apartheid, indigenous peoples, the Iraqi arms inspection regime, the convention banning land mines, and UN operations in Vietnam....

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ISBN : 9780813368474
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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  • Paul
    2018-12-13 03:44

    I found this book after searching through Amazon for resources that explain the UN in more depth and with more clarity than a Wikipedia article. What I really enjoyed about it was that it does attempt a comprehensive outline of the UN and its many branches, departments, and satellites. There is an opening chapter on the political history of the UN followed by five chapters dealing with specific areas, such as conflict resolution, the environment, and development. The authors take a very balanced view on the successes and shortcomings of the institution and the ways in which future failures might be avoided.This book was published in the late 1990s, so it is not current, but this isn't necessarily a strike against it. What I found most irritating was the authors' failure to write clearly. I struggled through many parts of this book due to awkwardly-worded sentences and text walls that repeated social science buzzwords (e.g., indigenous, petro-state, fundraising) enough to leave my head spinning. Lastly, while the US government often seems to be "anti-UN", this book and these authors often seemed to be "anti-US." This is fair enough when reading the first indictments against the US and its attempts to undermine the UN and its mechanisms; when it reaches a fever pitch in the middle of the book, the continuous accusations strike the reader as condescending.The information contained in this book is valuable to someone who has a basic knowledge of the UN, its history, and how it works. You will just need to cut through the weeds to come away with it.

  • Ryan
    2018-12-12 01:57

    because the united nations didn't reeeaaaally matter until the end of the cold war...