The United Nations and Changing World Politics


Thomas G. Weiss, David P. Forsythe, Roger A. Coate, and Kelly-Kate Pease

Eighth Edition • July 12, 2016 • 424 pages


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This completely revised and updated eighth edition serves as the definitive text for courses in which the United Nations is either the focus or a central component. Built around three critical themes in international relations—peace and security, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and sustainable human development—the eighth edition of The United Nations and Changing World Politics guides students through the seven turbulent decades of UN politics.

This new edition is fully revised to incorporate recent developments on the international stage, including new peace operations in Mali and the Central African Republic; ongoing UN efforts to manage the crises in Libya, Syria, and Iraq; the Iran Nuclear Deal; and the new Sustainable Development Goals. The authors discuss how international law frames the controversies at the UN and guides how the UN responds to violence and insecurity, gross violations of human rights, poverty, underdevelopment, and environmental degradation. Students of all levels will learn that the UN is a complex organization, comprised of three interactive entities that cooperate and also compete with each other to define and advance the UN’s principles and purposes.


Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at The CUNY Graduate Center and Director-Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.

David P. Forsythe is the Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Roger A. Coate is Paul D. Coverdell Professor of Public Policy at Georgia College & State University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.

Kelly-Kate Pease is Professor of International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis and the Director of the International Relations Program Worldwide. She also serves as a Fellow in the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies.

Contents

Tables and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Foreword to the Eighth Edition, David M. Malone
Acronyms

Introduction
What Is the United Nations?
Politics and Power in the First, Second, and Third UN
The Principles of the United Nations
Structure of the Book
Central Themes
Notes

Part One: International Peace and Security
1 The Theory and Practice of UN Collective Security
Collective Security
Regional Arrangements
Notes
2 UN Security Efforts During the Cold War
The Early Years: Palestine, Korea, Suez, the Congo
Understanding Peacekeeping
Economic Sanctions
Notes
3 UN Security Operations After the Cold War, 1988–1998
UN Military Operations, 1988–1993
The Rebirth of Peacekeeping
Moving Toward the Next Generation
Moving Toward Enforcement
Sanctions in the Post–Cold War Era: Humanitarian Dilemmas
Operational Quandaries: Cambodia, the Former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Haiti
Lessons Learned
Notes
4 Security Operations Since 1999
The Responsibility to Protect
Stabilized Security Operations
Evolving Security Operations
Whither the Responsibility to Protect?
Notes
5 Confronting Contemporary Challenges
Security Challenges
Political Challenges
The Challenges of Reform
Incremental Change
Notes

Part Two: Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs
6 The United Nations, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Affairs
Understanding Human Rights
Basic Norms in the UN Era
International Humanitarian Law (Human Rights During War)
Notes
7 Applying Human Rights Standards: The Roles of the First and Second UN
Human Rights and the First UN
Human Rights and the Second UN
Human Rights and National Interest
Notes
8 The Third UN in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs: The Role of Independent Experts and NGOs
Experts and the Human Rights Council
Supplemental Human Rights and Treaty Monitoring Bodies
Nongovernmental Organizations
Notes
9 Theories of Change
Theoretical Considerations
The International Criminal Court: Knowledge and Learning
Learning and Democracy
Human Rights and Development
A Web of Norms Resulting in Change?
Notes

Part Three: Sustainable Human Development
10 Theories of Development at the United Nations
Phase One: National State Capitalism (1945–1962)
Phase Two: International Affirmative Action (1962–1981)
Phase Three: Return to Neoliberalism (1981–1989)
Phase Four: Sustainable Development and Globalization (1989–Present)
Notes
11 Sustainable Development as Process: UN Organizations and Norms
The UN Proper
Members of the UN Family?
Norm Creation and Coherence: A Partial History of Ideas
The UN’s Sustainable Human Development Model
Notes
12 The UN and Development in a Globalizing World
The MDG Strategy
Implementing the MDGs
A Global Partnership for Development
From the MDGs to the SDGs
Explaining Change
Notes

Conclusion: Learning from Change
Measuring Change
Learning Lessons?
Articulation and Aggregation of Interests
Rule Making
Applying Rules
Some Final Thoughts
Notes

Appendix A: The United Nations System
Appendix B: Concise List of Internet Sites Relevant to the United Nations
Appendix C: Charter of the United Nations
Appendix D: United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Appendix E: Sustainable Development Goals
About the Book and Authors
Index

Praise for Prior Editions

“Four expert authors join forces to provide a theoretically sophisticated survey of the UN as an actor—and not merely a stage—in international politics.” —Robert E. Williams, Jr., Pepperdine University

“Few stories are as complex, as misunderstood, or as urgent as that of the United Nations. No one tells it better than this dynamic author team. Already a classic, their text offers invaluable insights into how the world tries, fails, and tries again to govern itself.” —Edward Luck, Columbia University

“Since its first edition in the mid-1990s, this book has been the standard text on the UN for courses in international organization. No other book can compete with its sophisticated analysis and up-to-date information.” —Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College

“[The authors] focus on the most important questions of international governance—human security, human rights, and sustainable development—and provide students with a wealth of information enabling them to make their own informed conclusions about the UN system’s contributions to answering them.” —M. J. Peterson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“These civilized voices from the ‘other America’ have done it again! Taking as their principal themes peace and security, human rights and humanitarian issues, as well as sustainable human development, [the authors] guide us through the intricacies of politics at the UN in the form of an analytical narrative of global problems. This is not only for students and practitioners in the United States, but elsewhere, too, if we are to get an authentic and welcome voice of that ‘other America.’” —A.J.R. Groom, University of Kent

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