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The United Nations in the 21st Century

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Edited by: Yara Sameh
The United Nations in the 21st Century provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations، exploring the historical، institutional، and theoretical foundations of the UN. This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations also discusses the political complexities facing the organization today.

Thoroughly revised throughout، the fifth edition focuses on major trends since 2012، including changing power dynamics، increasing threats to peace and security، and the growing challenges of climate change and sustainability. It examines the proliferating public-private partnerships involving the UN and the debates over reforming the Security Council and the Secretary-General selection process.

This edition also includes new case studies on peacekeeping and the use of force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali، transnational terrorism and the emergence of ISIS، the Security Council's failure to act in Syria، the Syrian and global refugeemigrant crisis، and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals and framing of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Series: Dilemmas in World Politics
Author: Karen A. Mingst، Margaret P. Karns، and Alynna J. Lyon
Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 5 edition (August 4، 2016)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

About the Author
Karen A. Mingst is Lockwood Chair Professor، Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and Department of Political Science، University of Kentucky.

Margaret P. Karns is Professor Emerita of Political Science، University of Dayton and Visiting Professor، Department of Conflict Resolution، Human Security and Global Governance، The McCormack Graduate School، University of Massachusetts Boston.

Alynna J. Lyon is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire.

Editorial Reviews
“The authors present a solid case that unless the UN reforms to meet ‘the demands for governance and the challenges of diminished sovereignty…' it will become increasingly irrelevant.... [The book] provides ample information on the dynamics of the 21st century world politics that have shaped the role of the UN.” —International Journal on World Peace

“This text presents a comprehensive study of the prospects and challenges for the United Nations in the twenty-first century. It is essential reading for anyone interested in international organization and global politics. The accessible and engaging writing makes it ideal for classroom use.” —Meena Bose، Hofstra University

“...The United Nations in the 21st Century provides a thorough and accessible overview of the world's preeminent international organization. It is updated to include the most recent global challenges، from terrorism to piracy to global warming، and to reflect the importance of new players on the international scene. Mingst and Karns provide historical background and a detailed description of the UN system's many institutions and actors. I have used earlier editions for my undergraduate courses and am eager to adopt this new-and-improved version.” —Alexander Thompson، Ohio State University

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