© 1998

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

About the editors

RAMESH THAKUR is Head of the Peace Research Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, at the Australian National University in Canberra. Born and raised in India, he received his formal education in India and Canada, and has held full-time academic appointments in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. He is the author or editor of numerous books on Asian politics and international relations and has published widely in both academic journals and quality newspapers.

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