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Adapting the United Nations to a Post-Modern Era : Lessons Learned - W. Knight

Adapting the United Nations to a Post-Modern Era

Lessons Learned

By: W. Knight

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Published: 29th March 2001
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This book addresses the central theme of adjusting the United Nations system in light of the broadening definition of security, a perceived shift from modernity to post-modernity, and the contemporary debate about reform, adaptation, and institutional learning in multilateral institutions during transitional periods. The authors in this study focus on the lessons learned from the organization's recent performance in collective security, preventive diplomacy and deployment, and peacekeeping, among other things.

'[A] well-balanced and informed collection of essays on the work and institutional structure of the United Nations. The book is well organized, with a theoretical component exploring institutional change based on the experience of the United Nations in more than five decades since its founding. many of those contributing to the study have been part of the work of the United Nations...[This] combination of insights and theoretical framework provides a thoughtful and important analysis for both the academic and the practitioner.' - Charlotte Ku, Executive Director of the American Society of International Law

'...a valuable source of critique, ideas and recommendations for change in the United Nations system...Its practical focus on the lessons that should be learned from recent United Nations activities makes it required reading for those involved or interested in the organization.' - Linda Reif, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xvi
Prefacep. xviii
Forewordp. xx
Notes on the Contributorsp. xxii
Introduction: Adapting the United Nationsp. 1
Conceptualizing Change in the United Nations
Requirements of Multilateral Governance for Promoting Human Security in a Postmodern Erap. 11
Learning in the United Nationsp. 28
Adaptations of UN Primary Concepts and Instruments
Collective Security: Changing Conceptions and Institutional Adaptationp. 41
Possibilities for Preventive Diplomacy, Early Warning and Global Monitoring in the Post-Cold War Era; or, the Limits to Global Structural Changep. 52
The United Nations and Preventive Deployment in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedoniap. 65
UN Intervention and Peacebuilding in Somalia: Constraints and Possibilitiesp. 77
International Criminal Law Enforcementp. 95
Cases
UN Fact-Finding in a Postmodern World: Potential for Arms Limitation and Confidence-Buildingp. 115
The Future Role of the United Nations in Disarmament: Learning from the Iraq Experiencep. 129
The Civilian Police Element in UN Peacekeeping: The Case of Haitip. 140
The Neutralization of Protracted Conflicts: The Case of UNTACp. 150
Pivots of Peace: UN Transitional Operationsp. 163
The United Nations and NATO's War: The Fallout from Kosovop. 178
Improving the Capacity of the United Nations' Human Rights Systemp. 191
Environmental Security: Finding the Balancep. 202
Changing the Global Trade Structure: From 'Harmonization' to a New 'Interface Principle'p. 219
Conclusion: Rethinking instead of Tinkering - an Ethical Consensus and General Lessonsp. 233
Indexp. 252
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ISBN: 9780333801505
ISBN-10: 0333801504
Series: Global Issues
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 29th March 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised