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The United Nations and International Politics
by Stephen Ryan
The UN was born out of the experiences of the Second World War, inspired by a liberal internationalist approach that believed in the possibility of progressive change in world politics. Yet the organization has often disappointed those who believed it could play a central role in promoting a more peaceful, secure and just world--Rwanda, Mogadishu and Sarajevo being recent ...more
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For those who do not have a clear and concise knowledge of the United Nations in the contemporary sense, nor about their policies with regard to peacekeeping operations, this book is a good read. Granted, I had to use it for a class, so I basically read the condensed version of it; but, it was useful in that it gave me a foundational understanding of what the UN is, what their goals were as far as peacekeeping operations, and what their role is, whether perceived or actual, in international poli ...more