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Global Issues

Adapting the United Nations to a Post-Modern Era

Lessons Learned

Authors: Knight, W.

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This volume addresses the central theme of adjusting the United Nations system in light of, firstly, the broadening definition of security, secondly, a perceived shift from modernity to post-modernity; and finally, the contemporary debate about reform, adaptation and institutional learning in multilateral institutions during transnational periods. The UN has not been successful in learning appropriate lessons that could facilitate requisite changes to its structure and operations. Thus the authors in this study focus on the lessons learned from the organizations' recent performance in collective security, preventative diplomacy, preventative deployment, peacekeeping, peacemaking, peace maintenance, and international legal, environmental and trade regulation.

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER ANKERSEN Security and Defence Forum Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, USA DAVID BLACK Associate Professor of Political Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada DOUGLAS LEE DONOHO Professor of Law, Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University, Florida JARAT CHOPRA Director, International Relations Programme, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA ROGER A. COATE Professor of International Relations, University of South Carolina, USA KASSU GEBREMARIAM Adjunct Professor, Wayne State University, USA AMBASSADOR JULIAN HARSTON Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina TOM KEATING Professor of Political Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada GEOFFREY MARTIN Lecturer, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia JOSEPH MASCIULLI Assistant Professor of Political Science, St Thomas University, Canada ANDREI I. MAXIMENKO Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina SORPONG PEOU Associate Professor of Political Science, Sophia University, Tokyo MICHAEL G. SCHECHTER Professor of International Relations, James Madison College, Michigan State University CATHERINE TINKER Lawyer, New York City ABIODUN WILLIAMS Special Assistant to the Representative of the UN Secretary General in Haiti

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'[A] well-balanced and informed collection of essays on the work and institutional structure of the United Nations. The book is well organized, with a theoretical component exploring institutional change based on the experience of the United Nations in more than five decades since its founding. many of those contributing to the study have been part of the work of the United Nations...[This] combination of insights and theoretical framework provides a thoughtful and important analysis for both the academic and the practitioner.' - Charlotte Ku, Executive Director of the American Society of International Law

'...a valuable source of critique, ideas and recommendations for change in the United Nations system...Its practical focus on the lessons that should be learned from recent United Nations activities makes it required reading for those involved or interested in the organization.' - Linda Reif, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta


Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Introduction: Adapting the United Nations

    Pages 1-7

    Knight, W. Andy

  • Requirements of Multilateral Governance for Promoting Human Security in a Postmodern Era

    Pages 11-27

    Coate, Roger A. (et al.)

  • Learning in the United Nations

    Pages 28-38

    Knight, W. Andy

  • Collective Security: Changing Conceptions and Institutional Adaptation

    Pages 41-51

    Smith, Edwin M.

  • Possibilities for Preventive Diplomacy, Early Warning and Global Monitoring in the Post-Cold War Era; or, the Limits to Global Structural Change

    Pages 52-64

    Schechter, Michael G.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adapting the United Nations to a Post-Modern Era
Book Subtitle
Lessons Learned
Authors
Series Title
Global Issues
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-333-97777-4
DOI
10.1057/9780333977774
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-80150-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-1715-7
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XXIV, 272
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