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Infor mational Memor andum

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innovative peace education project In late 2011, ACUNS’ Chair, Christer Jönsson, was approached by a team of Norwegian scholars and educators with a request for assistance – the team was developing and would be launching a brand new facility directed towards peace education activities for children and youth. The target demographic, of course, was not one with which ACUNS normally would engage. However, the request was a very interesting one, that Christer and subsequently the ACUNS Executive Committee and Board, believed would be both appropriate and potentially highly appealing to our members. Children’s Peace World wants to work with ACUNS, to have our scholars and practitioners help them design and provide, short and clear, but also informative and topical, messages in their fields of expertise (especially related to peace building and conflict resolution, human rights and international co-operation, as noted in Mayor Pettersen’s letter to ACUNS members) that can be used to engage and educate children and youth, their teachers and their families.

the invitation: ACUNS members are invited to read Mayor Pettersen’s letter, reproduced on the following page, as a basic introduction to the project, and also to visit the CPW website noted at the end of the letter. Then, if you would like to find out more, or to suggest ideas and offer a proposal to assist in this innovative project, please in the first instance contact the ACUNS Secretariat – you can send email messages to Alistair Edgar at – and we then will coordinate with CPW to forward all communications to their team contact point. ACUNS Secretariat c o n t i n u e d o n pa g e 2 >


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A Letter From the mayor of Moss share your insights with kids

Tage Pettersen, Mayor of Moss

Promoting the UN Charter’s ideal ”to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, the citizens of the Norwegian municipality of Moss will establish the Children’s Peace World (CPW) in 2014. This will be a 4000 square meter adventure centre that shall strengthen the engagement of children and youth in the promotion of peace and inspire them to find ways to live together as friends in the schoolyard as well as at the global level. 200,000 visitors are expected to visit the centre per year, and more are expected to make use of CPW's educational programmes on its multi-language website. To the best of our knowledge no comparable center of such a scale exists to engage the young generations in the ideals of the UN. As the major of Moss, it is my privilege to ensure that the knowledge CPW disseminates are based on research of the highest quality. Hence, I was delighted to learn that ACUNS’ Executive Committee last month agreed to assist me in this endeavor and would like to invite all ACUNS members to consider doing the same.

engaging youths and children in peace I'd like to tell you more about the CPW before returning to how you may contribute. As science centers make use of entertaining pedagogic strategies to attract children to the natural sciences, CPW shall use similar methods to trigger the younger generation’s interest in peace building, conflict resolution, human rights and international co-operation. Here families will find more than 100 interactive installations, theatre, movies and educational shows. Teachers in kindergartens, primary, secondary and high schools may take advantage of CPWs facilities as an integral part of their teaching on these subjects. Hence CPW offers a unique platform to increase awareness of peace research among young audiences and the wide range of practical peacemaking efforts undertaken worldwide. Our adventure center is connected to a network of 400 European natural science centers and aims at developing educational programs and installations that can tour between these centers to reach a larger audience. Once again our aim is inspiring children to get involved in various networks and organizations whose purpose is promoting peace. Furthermore, we hope our concept will provide an inspiration and encourage others to create similar centers worldwide.

join us Should you be interested in sharing your insights with “ succeeding generations”, CPW can offer a viable channel for reaching them in ways that raise their curiosity, stimulate and engage them. We are interested in a broad range of peace-related issues from low-key, very practical examples of conflict resolution skills to academic research focused on international cooperation. For further information, please see our website I look forward to cooperating with you. Tage Pettersen, Mayor of Moss


NEW Board Members

ACUNS is proud to announce the appointment of Hugh Dugan, Mary Farrell, Kirsten Haack and Sukehiro Hasegawa to the Board of Directors, effective June 2012, for three-year terms.

Welcome to our new appointees Hugh Dugan serves as adviser to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a US Delegate to United Nations sessions. In the course of interfacing with the 192 Member States and the Secretariat, he has managed a broad range of matters related to strategic engagement with the United Nations Organization. Through effective assessment of political dynamics as played out there, Mr. Dugan has initiated and negotiated many significant UN agreements since 1989, including the evolution of NorthSouth relations, breakthrough measures in support of the private sector in developing countries leading to, among other things, the UN Global Compact www.unglobalcompact. org. Other areas include UN institutional and managerial modernization, payment of US arrears to the United Nations involving senior US Congressional involvement, and management of all US campaigns to elected UN bodies and developing the UN’s work in sport for development and peace. He is an international affairs scholar and an expert on the UN Economic and Social Council. Prior to his posting in New York including delegations to Geneva, Mr. Dugan served in the US diplomatic corps in Mexico, Bermuda, and Washington (Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs). During 2002, Mr. Dugan served on a fellowship in Washington as Senior Advisor to US Senator Michael B. Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member on the Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on International Operations and Terrorism. He has been Adjunct Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University, and is a popular lecturer to university groups. The US Department of State has recognized his performance with six commendations. Mr. Dugan holds degrees and honors from The School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (BSFS), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (MALD), and The Wharton School of Business (MBA). He interned on Capitol Hill, the British Parliament, the American Samoa Government, and the Saudi Arabian Embassy (Washington, DC). He has a fluency in Spanish. Mary Farrell is Reader in European and International Politics, and Jean Monnet Chair in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

at the University of Greenwich (London, UK). In her present position, she is programme leader for the MA International Relations and supervises a number of doctoral and Masters theses. She was educated in Ireland, and received her PhD from London School of Economics. She has extensive experience of teaching in universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia, with a particular focus on global governance, development studies, comparative regionalism, and the role of the United Nations in peace and security. Dr. Farrell is an international expert on the inter-connection between global and regional governance systems, and is currently working on a research project addressing the place of Africa in the international system. She has published widely on issues relating to international development policy, the role of international organisations in global governance, interregional cooperation and Africa-EU relations, and the European Union in the United Nations. She is a participant in several international research projects and networks, and acts as a consultant to the European Commission and national scientific bodies on research funding evaluation and project reviews.

Kirsten Haack is a Senior Lecturer

(Assistant Professor) in International Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University, UK. She studied Social Science at the University of Bochum, Germany (Diplom), International Conflict Analysis and International Relations at the University of Kent, UK (MA, PhD) and holds a Master in Education from the Open University. As part of the UN Studies Association (UNSA), a working group associated with ACUNS, Dr. Haack founded the Journal of International Organizations Studies (JIOS) and currently acts as Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor. Dr. Haack’s research interests include international organisations, especially the United Nations; regional organisations and integration processes in general, with a particular interest in Africa and the Arab world; democracy support and democratisation; human rights governance and the tension between liberalism and illiberal practices. She has published in International Studies Perspectives, with the UN Studies Association and Manchester University Press (United Nations Democracy: A Conceptual History, 2011/in press). She currently is working on the development of ideas and

knowledge within the UN system, focussing on leadership by the Secretary-General and knowledge management processes in the Secretariat.

Sukehiro Hasegawa is a professor of the Faculty of Law, Hosei University, Tokyo. He served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and as Head of the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), and the United Nations Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) from May 2004 to September 2006. He served with the United Nations since 1969. He held several senior positions within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and United Nations peacekeeping operations. He was Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Nepal, from 1978 to 1980, and in Indonesia, from 1980 to 1984. He later served as UNDP Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations operational activities for development in Samoa, the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau. In 1993, he managed the United Nations Volunteer electoral supervisors assigned to plan and administer general elections in Cambodia. In April 1994, he was appointed Director of Policy and Planning of the United Nations peacekeeping operation in Somalia, and in January 1995, he became the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Rwanda. He subsequently served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP in New York. From July 2002 to May 2004, he served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Timor-Leste, and concurrently as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Deputy Head of UNMISET. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Arts degree in public administration from the International Christian University of Tokyo, and a Ph.D. in international relations from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Notes from the Executive Director


on topic:

Peak season takes precidence in the world of international events

taking a moment to take stock ACUNS 25th Anniversary, a new website, and a full calendar of events to attend Between now (mid-April, as I am writing this commentary) and mid-July, the Secretariat runs at high speed, and caffeine consumption levels reach our annual peak within the office. Thank goodness for chocolate covered coffee beans, and a good friend who really does live on the Big Island and who owns a Kona coffee plantation! Alistair Edgar, Executive Director, ACUNS

CUNY, photo by: David Shankbone

The program for the 25th Anniversary 2012 Annual Meeting is filling up and fleshing out, quickly and very strongly. Again as I write this, we still are working to confirm our Opening Keynote, with invitations sent to two highly eminent speakers who are working with schedule planners to see what can be done. While that challenge remains, the program of Plenary session and special panel speakers has been moving from strength to strength – including the addition of current and previous senior UN officers as well as globally-prominent scholars. Workshop panel proposals have flooded in (as they usually do, after the ISA meetings are behind everyone), and we are reviewing and answering each of them as efficiently as we can, to all of the proposals whether accepted or declined. A waiting list will loom, shortly. We are very grateful to the foundations and organizations that are supporting the AM12 in various ways – especially The Stanley Foundation, the One Earth Future Foundation, the UN Foundation, UNU Press, and UN Publications. Through their sponsoring of a Plenary, a coffee break presentation, or a special lunch panel, they are adding real value

to the substantive content of the Meeting, as well as providing attendees with much-appreciated food and drinks! I also must note, the generous support given to us by TECO-NY. Please see the reception invitation on page 6. Worth noting, looking further ahead: the 2013 Annual Meeting will take place at Lund University, Sweden, on MondayWednesday, 17-19 June 2013. The theme for the AM13 will be ‘leadership’, broadly conceived; of course, a more detailed description will be developed in the next few weeks. Thanks to ACUNS Chair Christer Jönsson for his efforts in confirming the location and date with his university, and doing so in good time to allow ACUNS members to “save the date.” Thanks also, to the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for their interest and support in planning for the Meeting. The application deadline for the

2012 Summer Workshop on “Water, Environment and Health” has passed with a strong group of applications currently being reviewed; similarly, the 2012 Dissertation Award has closed, with some thirty completed applications received. The winner will be announced formally at the 2012 Annual Meeting as well as through our E-Update and website, but you have the priviledge of getting the first glimpse in an announcement in this newsletter. We were very pleased with the success of the electronic approval process tried this year for the first time, with the ACUNS Board of Directors nominations.

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AM12 13-15 June, 2012

The minimum required return of 15% vote by members in good standing was met and surpassed quickly and emphatically, reaching almost twice that level. We were happy also to receive a good number of email messages from our membership to note their appreciation of this new policy of including as many as possible in the approval process (instead of the very small percentage of members who had been able to attend the old members’ business meeting at the Annual Meeting). Now that we have established this system and seen that we can make it work technically as well, we will make more and better use of this process to engage our global membership. This also will be enabled further as

It was great to see old friends and to meet new people at the ISA convention in San Diego; ACUNS of course, continues to co-sponsor the IO section reception at the ISA, and your executive director now sits on the Executive Committee of the IO section. Next on our schedule is a co-sponsored conference at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University, in early May, then support for the Young Scholars Conference at the University of Economics, Prague in late May before we gather at GC-CUNY in mid-June. I hope that I will see many of you there, for what is shaping up to be an excellent and very full event.

ACUNS moves its website host. This should be a seamless process, happening largely “behind the scenes” but we will appreciate members’ communicating to us if you find any problems. The website will have a new, more active and less static “look”, and from our side it will offer us greater capacity and flexibility. The website also becomes more easily mobile: an important consideration as we look forwards as well as backwards on our 25th anniversary year. This has been a very administratively focused piece, but we have had much happening on that front about which to report. The Secretariat has been active in other areas too, however.

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New Norms, New Actors ,

a New United Nations? Continuity and Change, ACUNS at 25

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Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

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“When Soft Law Makes a Difference: A Global Study of Compliance with the International Regime to Protect Internally Displaced Persons� ACUNS Dissertation Award Program | ACUNS, Wilfrid Laurier University | 75 University Ave. W. | Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5 Canada Tel: 519.884.0710, ext. 2766 | Fax: 519.884.5097 | Email: | Website:

Annual meeting highlights

ACUNS Secretariat Staff Alistair Edgar, Executive Director

What's on the agenda at the upcoming AM12

Brenda Burns, Administration, Communications and Program Development

John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture

ACUNS Wilfrid Laurier University 75 University Avenue, West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3C5

Christer Jönsson Chair, ACUNS and Lund University

"international organizations at the moving public-private borderline" PLENARY I

lunch & panel discussion

Building a Secure World: What Roles For the United Nations?

Sponsored by One Earth Future (OEF)


• Lise Morjé Howard, Georgetown University

Panelists: • Kai Eide, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway • Ramesh Thakur, ANU Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy • Abiodun Williams, ACUNS and the United States Institute of Peace • Kishore Mandhyan, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations

PLENARY II Sponsored by The Stanley Foundation

New/Emerging IGO Divisions of Labor in Global Governance Moderator:

• David Shorr, Program Officer, The Stanley Foundation

Panelists: • Mathew Burrows, Counselor, National Intelligence Council • Richard Gowan, Center on International Cooperation, NYU

Old Problem, New Partners: Developing Relationships with Industry and NGOs to Counter Maritime Piracy Panelists: • Donna Hopkins, Coordinator, PM/CPMS, US Department of State • Jon Huggins, Manager, Oceans Beyond Piracy Project, OEF • Swadesh Rana, Advisor, Oceans Beyond Piracy Project, OEF

PLENARY III Sponsored by One Earth Future (OEF)

The Global Commons: Tragedy or Laboratory for New Forms of Global Governance

T. (519) 884-0710, ext. 2766 F. (519) 884-5097 E. ACUNS Board Members 2011-2012 Chair

Christer Jönsson, Lund University


Chair Elect Abiodun Williams, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, USIP



Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern

Roger Coate, Georgia College and State University

• Charlotte Ku, College of Law, University of Illinois • Nico Schrijver, Leiden University

lunch & panel discussion

• Ioannis Vrailas, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

Sponsored by Friends of ACUNS and UN Foundation

• Jeffrey French, Program Manager, OEF

Sam Daws, University of Oxford

Does a UN Secretary-General Make a Difference? The Role of Kofi Annan


Lorraine Elliott, Australian National University

Individuals as Global Actors: Possibilities and Limits

Melissa Labonte, Fordham University


Rama Mani, University of Oxford

Lise Morjé Howard, Georgetown University

Ramesh Thakur, University of Waterloo

Jan Wouters, University of Leuven


• Jean Krasno, Distinguished Fellow, ISS, Yale University; and CCNY.

Panelists: • Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination, United Nations • Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation • Michael W. Doyle, Columbia University

• Sam Daws, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford

Panelists: • Edward C. Luck, UN Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect • Jan Wouters, University of Leuven • Iain Levine, Human Rights Watch

Note: This is a special fund-raising lunch for the Friends of ACUNS Endowment. The FoA suggests a minimum donation of $10 per student/retiree attendee, or $20 per faculty/practitioner attendee.

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A c a d e m i c C o u n c i l o n t h e U n i t e d N a t i o n s S ys t e m

Smokescreen: The US, NATO and the Illegitimate Use of Force Paul Aranas

Published by: Algora Publishing, 2012 ISBN-13: 978-0875868950 When is it legitimate for nations to use force? The United States and NATO regularly employ the illegitimate use of force, using false arguments and a haze of purported altruistic justifications to justify their actions. But objective standards to legitimacy exist, and those standards are enshrined in the United Nations Charter. Smokescreen analyzes the workings and legitimacy of the United Nations Security Council, and shows how the United States and NATO governments systematically create the false perception of legitimacy for the use of force. Whenever they cannot meet the standard, they simply employ alternative norm justifications of self-defense beyond the scope of Article 51 and humanitarian intervention. Max Weber's definition of legitimacy, legitimitatsglaube or the belief in legitimacy has been widely used by social scientists. Unlike moral philosophers, social scientists favor empirical data; therefore, for them, measuring legitimacy becomes possible by measuring what people believe to be legitimate. In this framework the powerful have the ability to manipulate public opinion to create legitimacy for a particular action. The author argues that this is not legitimacy but merely a perception of legitimacy to justify aggression. David Beetham maintains that Weber's definition is a catastrophe, and in its place he offers a formula for legitimacy based on the objective criteria of legality, shared beliefs between dominant and subordinate, and consent from at least the most significant subordinate actors. This book argues that the United Nations Security Council, backed by the UN Charter, holds real legitimacy based on Beetham’s formula. Meanwhile, the U.S. education system and mass media largely ignore the history and principles of the United Nations. The book offers a way forward toward international peace and security, in both the interests of Western countries and humanity as a whole.

The United Nations in the 21st Century 4th edition

Margaret Karns and Karen Mingst

Published by: Westview Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-8133-4538-3 This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional, and theoretical foundations of the UN as well as the political processes and issues facing the organization today. Thoroughly revised throughout, the fourth


edition focuses on major events since 2006, including the influence of emerging powers such as China, India, and Brazil, the crisis in UN peacekeeping, and the continuing decline of the UN’s relevance in international economic relations. This edition also includes a new chapter on the future of the United Nations, as well as new case studies on peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo, human trafficking, and the challenges of state building for human security in Haiti. Helpful student resources include the Charter of the United Nations, a list of acronyms, suggested resources for additional research and reading, and a glossary.

Reform Proposals – For a Democratic UN and the Rule of Law Henning Melber

Published by: Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, 2012 ISBN: 978-91-85214-65-5 This booklet is the synthesis of a much more voluminous work published by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation as Development Dialogue no. 56 in June 2011 (‘Erskine Barton Childers – For a democratic United Nations and the Rule of Law’). This presented a selection of writings by Erskine Barton Childers, former Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA), who until his untimely death in 1996 relentlessly sought to enhance the work of the United Nations through reform initiatives and recommendations. Comments by those who share his ideals and engage in similar ways in today’s context were included alongside his texts. The volume is freely accessible (see below) and can also be ordered as hard copy from the secretariat. Given the practical scope of this initiative and the aim of promoting a constructive contribution to a wider debate on ways of further enhancing the efficiency and credibility of the United Nations, we have expanded the collaboration into one between the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the United Nations Association of Sweden, whose local Uppsala chapter initially played a midwife role in bringing the original volume into being. We now look forward to distributing this booklet widely for further debate, thereby adding to the constructive engagement with the global institution tasked by its Charter to bring about peace, human rights and development for the people of this world. Not everyone might agree with all the recommendations presented; neither do they represent an official list of proposals documenting views held by our two organisations. However, we are in agreement that the range of issues identified deserves further debate and consideration. We therefore hope that this summary, systematically compiling reform recommendations made by Erskine Barton Childers as well as the various contributors to the earlier volume published as Development Dialogue, will have the constructive impact it deserves. We are grateful to Hanne Christensen, who took upon herself the meticulous and systematic task of turning the analyses presented in the earlier volume into a practical tool which we trust will inspire many to contribute further towards a United Nations system that deserves our support.



Blue Criminology: The Power of the United Nations Ideas to Counter Crime Globally Slawomir Redo

Published by: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Contro, affiliated with the United Nations, 2012 ISBN: 978-952-5333-86-2 The farther backward you can look, the farther in the future you are likely to see”, said Winston Churchill, one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century. This “back to the future” book by Professor Sławomir Redo on the power of United Nations ideas that emerged after the Second World War to counter crime globally is for the education and training of students, UN staff and others. It makes them, diplomats, policy-makers and academics aware of the history of the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme, and of its future in the coming years. The author projects the idea of the United Nations Criminal Justice Studies for a more pronounced, comprehensive and viable response to crime in the world. The book includes 20 text boxes by 14 authors – international crime & justice experts, 40 UN Crime Programme photographs and a glossary of UN terms. On a DVD it includes Guidance Note with 60 questions for education and training, UN documents, movie documentaries, and a photo album. The book has a synopsis in 6 official UN languages. This altogether carries 2.5 GB of blended UN-related data and information otherwise hard to reach, at your fingertips. Accordingly, as a handbook, it reconceptualizes, synthesizes and visualizes UN criminological knowledge for practical crime counteraction and as a contribution to the United Nations Studies. The book is freely downloadable from

The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms Timothy Shaw, J. Andrew Grant and Scarlett Cornelissen (Eds.)

Published by: Ashgate, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-7546-7762-8 EU studies increasingly recognize the salience of new regional insights. Hence, this collection of original essays provides a broad overview of regionalism, together with detailed analyses on the construction, activities, and implications of both established and emerging examples of formal political and economic organizations as well as informal regional entities and networks. Aimed at scholars and students interested in the continuing growth of regionalism, The Ashgate Research Companion to Regionalisms is a key resource to understanding the major debates in the field. Organized into three main sections, this volume deals with a wide range of issues covering the following important research areas: Section one covers theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of established and formal regionalism, emerging and informal regionalism, inter-regionalism, and levels of regionalism. Section two provides detailed case-studies of established and formal regionalisms: EU, NAFTA, ASEAN,


SAARC, OAS, MERCOSUR, AU, ECOWAS, and SADC. Section three offers case-studies that investigate emerging and informal regionalisms in Oceania, the Arab League, BRICSAM, and the Commonwealth(s) as well as thoughtprovoking chapters on micro-regional processes evident in spatial development initiatives, transnational gangs, transfrontier conservation areas, and the migration-conflict nexus in natural resource sectors. With the study of regionalism becoming an increasingly important part of politics, international relations, development, and global studies courses, this comprehensive volume is a valuable addition for classroom use.

Africa and International Relations in the 21st Century Timothy Shaw, Scarlett Cornelissen and Fantu Cheru (Eds.)

Published by: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-230-23528-1 By exploring the many unchartered dimensions of Africa's international relations, the authors present fresh insights on aspects such as power, identity, statehood and sovereignty in the world system.

The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law Otto Spijkers

Published by: Intersentia, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-78068-036-1 In this book, Otto Spijkers describes how moral values have determined the founding of the United Nations Organization in 1945 and the evolution of its purposes, principles and policies since then. A detailed examination of the proceedings of the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco demonstrates that the drafting of the United Nations Charter was significantly influenced by global moral values, i.e. globally shared beliefs distinguishing right from wrong, good from bad, and the current from a preferable state-of-the-world. A common desire to eradicate war, poverty, inhuman treatment, and to halt the exploitation of peoples, has led to an affirmation of the values of peace and security, social progress and development, human dignity and the selfdetermination of all peoples. All these values ended up in the UN Charter. The book further analyzes how the United Nations, and especially its General Assembly, has continued to influence the maturing of global morality through contributions to the values-debate, and to the translation of these values into the language of international law, including the law on the use of force, sustainable development, human rights and the right to self-determination.

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A c a d e m i c C o u n c i l o n t h e U n i t e d N a t i o n s S ys t e m

War and Peace in Islam: A Critique of Islamic/ist Political Discourses

The articles conceive sustainable development education as focusing on the holistic development of the body and mind, encompassing a wide range of issues. This idea is also central to the Gandhian tradition of life knowledge and Nai Talim (New Education).

(Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies) Farid Mirbagheri

Published by: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 ISBN-13: 978-0230220614 The question of conflict in Islam has now for sometime been interpreted in the Western diplomatic circles through the violent actions of fundamentalist groups and amongst many academics through a jurisprudential outlook. This work, however, views war and peace in Islam in a critical theoretical framework, in relation to systemic approaches to International Relations. In so doing it relies heavily on the teachings of Islamic mysticism. It suggests that empowering the individual to control him/herself within, as propounded in Sufism and as opposed to systemic approaches, is a prelude to establishing enduring global peace. Without internal tranquility, external harmony will be next to impossible.

Education for Sustainable Development: Challenges, Strategies and Practices in a Globalizing World Anastasia Nikolopoulou, Taisha Abraham and Farid Mirbagheri (Eds.)

Published by: Sage Publications, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-8132102939 Education for Sustainable Development is an emerging field that is being addressed from transdisciplinary and transinstitutional perspectives, forging links between academic and nonacademic institutions. It explores sustainable development as a process that embraces environmental issues, poverty, health, security, democracy, gender and human rights. This collection provides multiple perspectives regarding the possibility of creating sustainable education practices that are integrated into and relevant to the needs and practices on a global scale. It also focuses on the failure of traditional education to address the problems of globalization.

John W. Holmes Memorial Lecture Christer JĂśnsson Chair, ACUNS and Lund University

The uniqueness of this compilation is in the multiple perspectives it provides, establishing workable links between local communities, governments, and international organizations that would enable sustainable human development. It is a rich reference resource for those working in the fields of education, economics, and development studies.

Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities John Winterdyk, Benjamin Perrin and Philip Reichel

Published by: CRC Press: Taylor & Francis Group, 2011 ISBN: 9781439820360 Human trafficking is a crime that undermines fundamental human rights and a broader sense of global order. It is an atrocity that transcends borders—with some regions known as exporters of trafficking victims and others recognized as destination countries. Edited by three global experts and composed of the work of an esteemed panel of contributors, Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities examines techniques used to protect and support victims of trafficking as well as strategies for prosecution of offenders.


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The People vs. the State: Reflections on UN Authority, US Power and the Responsibility to Protect Ramesh Thakur

Published by: United Nations University Press, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1207-7 Professor Ramesh Thakur, former Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University and UN Assistant Secretary-General, is sometimes described as one of the intellectual godfathers of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Based in our common humanity, R2P is an acceptance of a duty of care by those living in safety towards those trapped in zones of danger. It aims to convert a shocked international conscience into timely and decisive collective action to rescue vulnerable communities so that groups condemned to die in fear can live in hope instead.


For more than a decade, Thakur has been deeply engaged with the international discourse on R2P as an influential member of the international commission that came up with that innovative principle. This book brings together his opinion articles from several newspapers in Australia, Canada, India and Japan, and The International Herald Tribune. It begins with Kosovo in 1999 and ends with Libya in 2011, with stops at way-stations in Iraq, Darfur, Lebanon, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Egypt. Thakur argues that our choice in today’s real world, with a universal human rights norm and an internationalized human conscience, is not whether international interventions will take place but where, when, how and under whose authority. Given the nature and victims of modern armed conflict, protection of civilians and populations at risk of mass atrocities is a core international imperative. Progress towards the good international society requires that force be harnessed to UN authority as the Responsibility to Protect moves from a universally validated principle to a routinely actionable norm.

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