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Nation against nation : what happened to the U.N. dream and what the U.S. can do about it

Author: Thomas M Franck
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book, by the former director of research at UNITAR, the U.N.'s "think tank," examines the record of the United Nations in the light of American national interest. Franck offers a balance sheet which confirms that the U.N. often operates in a way that undermines respect for individual human rights and hampers conflict resolution. At the same time, he does not shrink from showing that the fault frequently lies  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas M Franck
ISBN: 0195035879 9780195035872
OCLC Number: 11398414
Description: viii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Great expectations --
Happy and misleading auguries --
Et tu, Nehru --
"A rather good document" --
The end of innocence --
His sisters and his cousins and his aunts : the United Nations civil service --
The Secretary-General invents himself --
Filling the void : action by the Secretary-General in the face of inactio by everyone else --
Unfulfilled by unifil : The Security Council in search of a role --
The General Assembly and the U.S. national interest --
"A place where lies are tole" : Israel before the General Assembly --
The double standard --
Playing hard-ball --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Thomas M. Franck.
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Abstract:

This book, by the former director of research at UNITAR, the U.N.'s "think tank," examines the record of the United Nations in the light of American national interest. Franck offers a balance sheet which confirms that the U.N. often operates in a way that undermines respect for individual human rights and hampers conflict resolution. At the same time, he does not shrink from showing that the fault frequently lies with the United States itself. For a decade or more the U.S. was able to use the U.N. essentially as a tool and adjunct to its foreign policy, and Washington failed to predict and plan for the inevitable shift in power at the U.N. led by the newly emergent Third World nations. He provides a blueprint for a strategy of "playing hard-ball," which is far more realistic than simply abandoning the world organization. ISBN 0-19-503587-9 : $19.95.

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