An interactive discussion of the origins, present work, and future prospects of the United Nations. The UN is the only international organization with global scope and nearly universal membership, and it is a central component of the rules-based international order. The seminar critically examines whether the UN lives up to the promise of promoting peace and prosperity. We analyze its inner workings and its impact on world politics by surveying recent international relations scholarship, practitioner accounts by diplomats, and journalistic works. Topics include peacekeeping, sanctions, the use of force, human rights, international justice, economic development, and climate change mitigation.
Class Notes:IR_subfield law_and_justice