Over three-quarters of a century, the UN has been impacted by major changes in the balance of powers among its member states, and is today threatened by nationalistic instincts. In this book, former UN insider Stephen Browne documents the textured history and numerous faces of the UN, from peacekeeper to humanitarian and development actor to stalwart defender of global human rights.
This unique and insightful book documents the extensive history of the UN, offering detailed commentary on its historic effectiveness and reviewing the capacity of the UN to reform and adapt to global challenges. While the UN cannot be radically reformed, the author argues, incremental change is not only possible, but necessary to overcome the autocratic constraints of global superpowers and the conservatism of member-states. This book constitutes a judgement on the overwhelming importance as well as the vulnerability of multilateralism at a time when the UN has never been more indispensable.
A powerful call to action on a global scale, this book will be vital to the staff of permanent missions of member governments to the UN, as well as UN secretariat staff. It will also benefit researchers exploring international organizations and the staff of development NGOs. This book will also be of broad appeal to a wider audience of those interested in the UN’s operation as it approaches a crucial watershed moment in its history.