This book, highly praised as an authoritative assessment of the United Nations and its place in international relations, brings together distinguished academics and senior UN officials in a clear and penetrating examination of how the UN has developed since 1945. It examines the UN's various roles in addressing long-standing and difficult problems in the relations of states in such fields as international security, human rights, international law, and economic
development. The book takes into account a wide range of developments in a world which remains very much divided; the rapid expansion of UN peacekeeping and election-monitoring
activities; the consequences of the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union; the 1990-1 Gulf conflict and its aftermath; attempts at settlement of many regional conflicts; UN involvements in fractured societies, including Cambodia, Somalia, and the former Yugoslavia; and the political and resource limits of the UN's capabilities. This edition also takes full account of new sources, writings, and debates. There are four completely new chapters, by
Patricia Birnie (environmental protection), Sally Morphet (peacekeeping), Brian Urquhart (post-Cold War security), and Peter Wilenski (the UN's structure). An appendix contains the full text of former
Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali's important report, An Agenda for Peace, to which he has added an introduction for this book. United Nations, Divided World is also a key reference work. The appendices include a bibliography and the complete text of the UN Charter, with all amendments. They also include lists of member states and their assessed contributions, Secretaries-General, UN peacekeeping and observer forces, and judgments and opinions of the International Court
From reviews of the first edition:
`A most distinguished collection of essays.'
Law Quarterly Review
`Excellent ... succeeds both in its appraisal and in its critical assessment.'
International and Comparative Law Quarterly
`An excellent collection of essays which is particularly welcome given its treatment of recent challenges faced by the UN.'
Dr M.C. Williams, University of Sussex
`Extremely useful revision.'
James Crawford, University of Cambridge
`The best available work known to the present editor is the anthology edited by Roberts and Kingsbury, which contains ... everything ... anybody needs to know about the UN, written by outstanding international experts.'
NOD & Conversion
`Rarely can a good book so quickly have cried out for updating as the first, 1988, edition of this one ... A revised edition was thus invited - but who could have expected one as total as this? In all but title, it is a new book.'
Times Literary Supplement
`The new edition of Roberts and Kingsbury's book remains the best text available for students of the United Nations, and should be on the reading list of any general IR courses.'
L.I. Rex, Liverpool John Moores University
`The first edition of this text filled an important niche as a contemporary study of the UN. The second edition has been awaited and is very welcome.'
Gillian Youngs, Nottingham Trent University
`Rarely can a good book so quickly have cried out for updating as the first, 1988, edition of this one. And it was a good book ... A revised edition was thus invited - but who could have expected one as total as this? In all but title, it is a new book.'
Times Literary Supplement
`comprehensive ... revised second edition of the well-received 1988 collection of essays ... Roberts/Kingsbury's excellent second edition nearly doubles the first in size; it goes far beyond the revised 1986 Oxford University lectures that formed the earlier edition ... this is essentially a new book, with five substantially rewritten and four entirely new chapters ... a comprehensive and reasonably current tour d'horizon'
American Journal of International Law
`contains an up-to-date discussion of the main activities of the UN system ... A crisp and thought-provoking chapter is devoted to the UN and human rights ... Roberts and Kingsbury have produced a comprehensive and informative report on the situation of the UN in today's world'
Journal of Peace Research
`The second edition of this classic volume edited by Adam Roberts and Ben Kingsbury is bound to become a handbook for those studying the UN ... a high calibre collection.'
`This is a well-prepared volume ... Roberts and Kingsbury have succeeded in organising a number of essays that complement each other. This revised and expanded edition bridges much of the gap created by the rapidly changing international environment. The rich appendices, which include the Agenda for Peace and an updated bibliography, should be helpful for further research.'
`...excellent edited volume...This eminent line-up of academics and practioners has produced a volume with staying power by approaching the Organisation in its systemic and historical context...this is a valuable collection.'
Adam Roberts and Benedict Kingsbury: Introduction: The UN's Roles in a Divided World
1: Michael Howard: The Historical Development of the UN's Role in International Security
2: Brian Urquhart: The UN and International Security after the Cold War
3: Anthony Parsons: The UN and the National Interests of States
4: Javier Perez de Cuellar: The Role of the UN Secretary-General
5: Thomas M. Franck and Georg Nolte: The Good Offices Function of the UN Secretary-General
6: Sally Morphet: UN Peacekeeping and Election-Monitoring
7: Tom J. Farer and Felice Gaer: The UN and Human Rights: At the End of the Beginning
8: Kenneth Dadzie: The UN and the Problem of Economic Development
9: Patricia Birnie: The UN and the Environment
10: Nagendra Singh: The UN and the Development in International Law
11: Maurice Bertrand: The Historical Development of Efforts to Reform the UN
12: Peter Wilenski: The Structure of the UN in the Post-Cold War Period
Boutros-Ghali: Appendices, including: An Agenda for Peace:
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 25th November 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.62 x 13.79
Weight (kg): 0.8
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised