"Balanced, reliable, and engaging." Dr Robert Falkner - London School of Economics
"Coherent, concise, and wide ranging. This guide does exactly what is required." Dr Mark Imber - University of St Andrews
"Insightful. It will be of great value to all of those concerned with the UN's future." Dr Dominik Zaum - University of Reading
"Intelligent, engaging, and highly accessible." Professor Mats Berdal - King's College London
Founded in 1945 with the goal of achieving world peace, the United Nations has since exerted a powerful but controversial influence over international politics. For some, it's an essential inter-governmental forum that balances powerful competing interests; for others, it's an ineffective talking shop whose resolutions carry no real weight.
Examining the UN's structure, remit, and key personalities, as well as its major resolutions and peacekeeping record, this wide-ranging introduction provides a passionate defence of the organisation from common accusations of bureaucratic paralysis and bias towards the developed world. Covering its origins, development, and role today, MacQueen highlights the UN's vital importance to international relations and security, and explores the profound challenges it will face in the future.