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The United Nations: an introduction

The United Nations: an introduction

Gareis, Sven; Fraser, Trudy

There hardly seems to be a global issue in the world today in which the United Nations (UN) is not expected to play a key role. And indeed, despite a persistent gulf between high expectations and the UN's capacities, the organization continues to be a unique and indispensable actor in areas such as peace maintenance, human rights protection, and development.Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of this highly acclaimed text provides a concise analysis of the UN, its structure and work, achievements and shortcomings, and its likely role and prospects in the twenty-first century. The new edition covers the latest institutional and structural developments - including the creation of the Peacebuilding Commission and the establishment of a permanent Human Rights Council - and reflects recent debates on UN reform

Book. English.
2nd ed.
Published Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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Statement of responsibility: Sven Bernhard Gareis ; editorial consultant: Trudy Ffraser
ISBN: 0230208894, 0230208908, 9780230208896, 9780230208902
Note: "First edition authored by Sven Bernhard Gareis and Johannes Varwick and translated from the German by Lindsay P. Cohn".
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 286-304) and index.
Language note: Adapted and updated translation of the 4th German edition.
Physical Description: xviii, 318 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: United Nations.
Uniform Title: Vereinten Nationen. English

Contents

  1. The United Nations system
  2. Institution-building, regime impact and globalization : the role and function of the UN
  3. The core of the United Nations : collective security
  4. The changing practice of peace maintenance
  5. The United Nations and human rights : normative development, codification and definition
  6. Human rights protection : institutional framework and code of practice
  7. Economic, development and environmental questions in the United Nations : problem areas and institutional design
  8. Reforms for the twenty-first century
  9. Conclusions.

Author note

Sven Bernhard Gareis is Deputy Dean at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Professor of Political Science at the University of M√ľnster, Germany.

Description

There hardly seems to be a global issue in the world today in which the United Nations (UN) is not expected to play a key role. And indeed, despite a persistent gulf between high expectations and the UN's capacities, the organization continues to be a unique and indispensable actor in areas such as peace maintenance, human rights protection, and development.

Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of this highly acclaimed text provides a concise analysis of the UN, its structure and work, achievements and shortcomings, and its likely role and prospects in the twenty-first century. The new edition covers the latest institutional and structural developments - including the creation of the Peacebuilding Commission and the establishment of a permanent Human Rights Council - and reflects recent debates on UN reform.

Reviews

Review of previous edition:
 
'This is a finely written, informative and well-structured book with a precise narrative that gives a bold critique of the UN and the need for reform.' - Norman Sempijja, In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics and Societies