The United Na­tions: A his­tory of suc­cess and fail­ure

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - PETER NADIN

Things fall apart; the cen­tre can­not hold. The world is less peace­ful than it was a decade ago; the process of post-cold War democrati­sa­tion is now run­ning in re­verse across the globe. Yet while global prob­lems con­tinue to mount, the prob­lem-solv­ing ca­pac­ity of our pol­i­tics con­tin­ues to de­cline. Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism – the idea of gov­ern­ments work­ing co­op­er­a­tively – has stalled.

The United Na­tions – the bas­tion of the post-war global or­der – is seem­ingly over­whelmed. What then, is the on­go­ing role of one of the most im­por­tant or­gan­i­sa­tions hu­man­ity has cre­ated?

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