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The United Nations: International Organization and World Politics 4th Edition

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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.

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (June 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 053463186X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534631864
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The revisions contained in the third edition are the work of Lawrence Ziring, professor at the University of Western Michigan. Ziring is a not an obvious candidate to be writing what is designed to be a textbook on the UN. He has publicly supported U.S. policies which are contrary to the spirit and the letter of U.N. principles, including the `humanitarian' bombings in Yugoslavia and U.S. attacks on alleged terrorist camps in Afghanistan and the biological weapons plant (which later turned out to be a pharmaceuticals factory) in Sudan. Ziring is also a member of the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank with people such as Robert McNamara and James A. Baker on its board of directors. The Atlantic Council focuses primarily upon supporting expanded roles for NATO.
As might be expected, in view of Ziring's credentials, the `textbook' is written with a consistently proUS, and generally anti-UN bias. It tends to downplay the UN's effectiveness, it attempts to demonstrate that all issues must be resolved within the context of political realism, and it implies on every occasion available that regional alternatives are to be preferred over the UN. These leitmotifs are pervasive throughout the book, with the exception of a few small patches of optimistic idealism, remnants no doubt of the second edition which Ziring failed to purge.
The biases of the book are nevertheless put forth with subtlety. When Ziring writes of the US refusal to pay its back dues to the UN, for instance, he refrains from ever using the word "refuse", opting instead for evasive locutions such as "reductions in the U.S. contributions were made necessary by subsequent congressional action...." Relative space allocations are used to forward the political agenda as much as the normative commentary: e.g.
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Well-written, descriptive book that describes everything you would want to know about the UN, how it operates, how it behaves, etc.
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Helpful for my political science course and I am excited to learn more about the UN and how it can solve global problems.
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