Great Debates at the United Nations: An Encyclopedia of Fifty Key Issues, 1945-2000

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Perfect for promoting student debate, and critical thinking, and ideal for use by Model UN clubs, this ready-reference guide provides information and critical examinations of the 50 most important issues debated in UN history. Since the inception of the UN in 1945, its member nations have hotly debated the most incendiary global political issues, from human rights and Cold War conflicts to many regional and local clashes, most recently in Kosovo. The 50 entries are organized in chronological order based on their first appearance on the UN agenda. Each entry consists of four narrative sections: the significance of the issue; the historical, social and economic background of the issue; the history of the UN debate and intervention on the issue and the positions of various nations; and the outcome of the debate. Each entry concludes with a list of suggested further reading. More than fifty photos accompany the text.

Among the issues debated are those of UN peacekeeping efforts around the globe; issues of concern to Third World countries; the nuclear arms race; regional conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America; human rights; world population growth; the environment; laws of the sea; issues of food; the status of women; and racism. Cross-references will help the user to locate related topics. A timeline of events in the history of the UN, a bibliographic essay, a glossary, and a number of appendices including lists of UN world years, UN peacekeeping operations, Secretaries General of the UN and Presidents of the UN General Assembly add reference value to the work.

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A perfect ready-reference guide for students and Model UN clubs on the 50 most important issues debated in UN history.

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ROBERT F. GORMAN is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Humanities and Professor of Political Science at Southwest Texas State University. He served as a Council on Foreign Relations Fellow in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau for Refugee Programs, working on African refugee issues, and was also a visiting scholar at Africare, an American private voluntary organization. He is the author of numerous articles on refugee affairs, African politics, foreign affairs, and international relations. He is the author of many books, including Historical Dictionary of Refugee and Disaster Relief Organizations (2000), Historical Dictionary of Human Rights and Humanitarian Organizations (1997), and Refugee Aid and Development: Theory and Practice (Greenwood Press, 1993).

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