The United Nations: Leadership and Challenges in a Global World
As the twenty-first century marches on, the global community is confronted with a number of complex issues, including climate change, poverty, epidemics, and terrorism. Despite its imperfections, the United Nations remains the primary international organization for addressing these challenges. The United Nations: Leadership and Challenges in a Global World explores the history, structure, and activities of this most vital institution. The series will help students understand the problems the organization faces--such as international discord and its own complex bureaucracy--as well as the UN's promise of global solidarity and security.
Dr. Bruce Russet, Dean Acheson Professor of International Relations, Yale University Bruce Russett is Dean Acheson Professor of Political Science at Yale University and editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has taught or researched at Columbia, Harvard, M.I.T., Michigan, and North Carolina in the United States, and educational institutions in Belgium, Britain, Israel, Japan, and the Netherlands. He has been president of the International Studies Association and the Peace Science Society, holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden. He was principal adviser to the U.S. Catholic Bishops for their pastoral letter on nuclear deterrence in 1985, and co-directed the staff for the 1995 Ford Foundation Report, The United Nations in Its Second Half Century. He has served as editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution since 1973. The twenty-five books he has published include The Once and Future Security Council (1997), Triangulating Peace: Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organizations (2001), World Politics: The Menu for Choice (8th edition 2006), and Purpose and Policy in the Global Community (2006).
In this volume, terrorism is explored in the context of the Un's international peace and security policies. From the response to the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks in the United States, to the exploits of Boko Haram and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria--students will gain a thorough understanding of the Un's role in the prevention of terrorism and its response to the devastation when it happens.
The approach the United Nations takes in supporting cultural diversity is explored in this volume. From health care and poverty reduction to environmental stewardship and protecting religious freedom--the UN plays an important role in supporting the welfare of peoples around the world. Cultural Globalization and Celebrating Diversity will help students understand the ways the UN performs this vital function.
This volume examines the growing world economy and the resulting increased pressures on the environment and social welfare across the globe, especially within the context of the United Nations. Students will gain an understanding of the Un's response to these trends, particularly in its growing commitment to sustainable development and narrowing the wealth gap as a path to managing economic globalization.
In this volume, the importance of human rights in the mission of the UN and the approach it takes to protecting human rights are explored, as are the principles of international law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Students will gain a deep appreciation for the ways the UN addresses this critical issue in Human Rights and Protecting Individuals.
Perhaps one of the most well-known aspects of the Un's work is humanitarian relief--from providing food, health care, and education when lives have been disrupted, to addressing the needs of children, especially through UNICEF, and assisting refugees in conflict zones. Humanitarian Relief and Lending a Hand will provide students with a thorough understanding of the many ways the UN performs this vital function.
Historical background on international law, plus its grounding and codification in the UN system and its role in conflict resolution, will be explored in this volume. These foundations, plus specific legal areas, such as maritime law, international drug trafficking, and terrorism, will help students appreciate the full scope of this critical tool in the UN arsenal, one so important in maintaining international peace and security.
The critical role the United Nations plays in securing international peace is explored in this volume. From the establishment of the UN in the aftermath of World War II and the principles enshrined in its charter, to the many peacekeeping missions around the globe, both in the past and today, International Security and Keeping the Peace will offer students a foundation in the various approaches the UN takes to ensure a safer world.
In this volume, the origins of the UN are explored. In particular, its roots in the world wars of the twentieth century and its resulting focus on human rights and self-determination are considered. Also covered are the complex international relations that led to the organization's establishment and the vital role it has played in the decolonization and independence movements that followed.
This volume presents a comprehensive overview of the history and structure of the United Nations. An analysis of the UN Charter and the functions of the major UN divisions, including the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Secretariat, as well as its funding and controversies surrounding it--all these considerations will offer students a thorough understanding of the Un's place in the world and how it operates.
As the seat of power in the United Nations, the Security Council and its five permanent members have influence in every corner of the globe. Through an investigation into the Security Council's history and role at the UN, profiles of the five permanent members, and criticisms concerning it, students will understand how this central part of the United Nations wields so much power in the world.
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