Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain

The United Nations at Fifty

  • Ramesh Thakur

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ramesh Thakur
    Pages 1-14
  3. Gareth Evans
    Pages 33-46
  4. Reginald H., F. Austin
    Pages 63-84
  5. John M. Sanderson
    Pages 112-134
  6. Michael Rose
    Pages 135-146
  7. Keith Suter
    Pages 189-204
  8. A. J., R. Groom
    Pages 219-242
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-275

About this book


The end of the Cold War and the forceful response to Iraq's aggression created expectations that the UN would change from a marginal into a centre player in world affairs. These hopes were seemingly dashed in Somalia, Rwanda and Bosnia. Has the United Nations abdicated its moral duty as the custodian of our hopes for a better world? In this book, foreign ministers, generals, ambassadors, and scholars provide sober assessments of how the United Nations can meet the challenge of a balance between the desirable and the possible.


global governance Governance United Nations

Editors and affiliations

  • Ramesh Thakur
    • 1
  1. 1.Peace Research Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian StudiesAustralian National UniversityAustralia

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