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The United Nations : A Beginner's Guide - Norrie MacQueen

The United Nations

A Beginner's Guide

Paperback Published: 1st July 2010
ISBN: 9781851687527
Number Of Pages: 196

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"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.

List of illustrationsp. vii
Abbreviations and acronymsp. viii
Members of the United Nationsp. x
United Nations peacekeeping operationsp. xiv
The origins of the UNp. 1
Powers, bureaucracy and leadershipp. 22
Peace I: collective security and arms controlp. 54
Peace II: peacekeeping and humanitarian interventionp. 73
International law and human rightsp. 92
Decolonization and developmentp. 117
Environment: sustainability and the future of the planetp. 142
Taking stock: reform and the futurep. 161
Notesp. 179
Further readingp. 180
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9781851687527
ISBN-10: 1851687521
Series: Beginner's Guides (Oneworld)
Audience: BAG
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 196
Published: 1st July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1