The United Nations: International Organization and World Politics

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THE UNITED NATIONS analyzes the history, processes, structure, and functions of the United Nations. This best-selling one-volume text provides a comprehensive treatment that is adaptable to a variety of course approaches. The basic historical material that comprised the core of the first two editions remains intact in this latest rendering. However, the book has been revised from cover to cover, redrafted to reflect significant changes in the world after the Cold War and the effect of those changes on the character and work of the United Nations.

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Larry Ziring is the Arnold E. Schneider Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University. Author/editor of more than twenty books, his latest publication is PAKISTAN: AT THE CROSSCURRENT OF HISTORY (2003). Currently engaged in studying the evolution of terrorism and its impact on the international system, he recently completed a study of the anatomy of terror in South Aisa. Among his recent publication are: PAKISTAN IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (1997) and an edition in Urdu (2003), INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: A POLITICAL DICTIONARY (1995), BANGLADESH FROM MUJIB TO ERSHAD (1992), and THE MIDDLE EAST: A POLITICAL DICTIONARY (1992). Director of the Western Michigan University graduate program in Development Administration, his teaching responsibilities include American Foreign Policy, International Relations, The United Nations, International Law and Development Administration.

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1. The United Nations in Historical Perspective. Prologue. In the Beginning. The State System and International Organization. The Emergence of International Institutions. The League Experiment. Organizing the United Nations. 2. Legal Framework, Institutional Structures, and Financial Realities. The Constitutional Structure. Instruments of Political Decision Making. Financing the United Nations. 3. The UN Political Process. Participants in the UN Decision Process. UN Decision Making. The Consequences of UN Action. 4. Politics and the UN Secretariat. The International Civil Service. The UN Secretariat. The UN Secretariat in the Political Process. Revitalizing the United Nations. 5. Security Through Collective Action. Balance of Power and Collective Security. The United Nations and Collective Security. The Peacekeeping Alternative. 6. The Settlement of International Disputes. Procedures for Settling International Disputes. UN Practice. Case Studies in UN Conflict Resolution. Settling International Disputes and Humanitarian Law. Global Security and the United Nations. Conclusions on Dispute Settlement. 7. Disarmament and Arms Control. Disarmament in Historical Perspective. The UN and Arms Negotiations in the Nuclear Era. Disarmament and Arms Control--A Balance Sheet. Obstacles to Disarmament. Approaches to the Disarmament Problem. Conclusion. 8. The Revolution of Self-Determination. Mandates Under the League. The Effect of World War II. UN Trusteeship. The United Nations and Total Decolonization. The UN Role: An Appraisal. Self-Determination in the Twenty-first Century. 9. Social and Technical Cooperation. Functional Cooperation in Theory and Practice. Human Rights Rule-Making. Rules in Other Functional Settings.Information and Promotion. Internationally Administered Programs. Conclusion. 10. Promoting Economic Development. Problems of Development. A Blueprint for Economic Development. Promoting International Action. UN Programs. The Role of the International Monetary Fund. UN Development Financing Programs: The World Bank Group. Conclusion on Economic Development. 11. The United Nations in the Twenty-First Century. Rethinking the United Nations in the Age of Terrorism. The United Nations and the Definition of Terrorism. Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century. The Realities of the Global Condition. Toward World Order. Appendix: The Charter of the United Nations.

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