In establishing its program for reform of the UN, the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change acknowledged that, “Today, more than ever, threats are interrelated and a threat to one is a threat to all.” As a global institution can only be effective when there is agreement on which values it embodies, discussion of the values guiding UN reform must start with honest, open questions about the role we wish the UN to play in the world. In this issue, Robert Keohane, Bruce Jones, Ambassador Nirupam Sen, Ambassador Nancy Soderberg, and Steven Lee debate the most pressing threats that face our collective security system and the requisite principles for reform.
Whither the Responsibility to Protect? Humanitarian Intervention and the 2005 World Summit [Abstract]
This article examines how consensus was reached on the "responsibility to protect," given continuing hostility to humanitarian intervention expressed by many (if not most) of the world's states and whether the consensus will contribute to avoiding future Kosovos and Rwandas.
The Gendered Dimensions of Conflict's Aftermath: A Victim-Centered Approach to Compensation [Abstract]
Although international security studies tend to focus on the nature of armed conflict and how nations fare in the face of such conflicts, our attention has been drawn to the challenge of managing the peace.
Western Policies on Child Labor Abroad [Abstract]
Child labor evokes deep emotions and is cause for growing international concern. Most recent global estimates show that 186 million children are engaged in full time economic activity.
Roundtable: "A Threat to One Is a Threat to All": Nonstate Threats and Collective Security
Decisiveness and Accountability as Part of a Principled Response to Nonstate Threats [Excerpt]
The central institutions of the United Nations have substantially lost moral authority since the Millennium Summit of 2000.
Bio-Security, Nonstate Actors, and the Need for Global Cooperation [Full Text]
Today, there is no greater threat posed by nonstate actors than that of bioterrorism.
Nonstate Threats and the Principled Reform of the UN [Excerpt]
When considering the threats to collective security in the twenty-first century outlined by the report of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, two issues stand out.
The Crisis of Global Trust and the Failure of the 2005 World Summit [Excerpt]
Most Americans would say the most significant threat the world faces today is terrorism. For citizens of developing countries who live in conflict and poverty, the concerns are more about peace, and about addressing poverty, HIV/AIDS, and the burden of sovereign debt.
International Governance and the Fight against Terrorism [Excerpt]
The present concerns about threats to international security from nonstate actors may lead to some significant strengthening of global governance.
Is Globalization Working? [Full Text]
Two of the most creditable responses in the spate of pro-globalization literature are Why Globalization Works, by the financial journalist Martin Wolf, and In Defense of Globalization, by the economist Jagdish Bhagwati. This article is a review of these two books.
Violence and Democracy [Excerpt]
John Keane’s book is an important intervention in the debate on the persistent proliferation of violence and its role in political life, especially in democracies.
Beyond Justice: The Auschwitz Trial [Excerpt]
What is the proper role for courts of law in confronting mass crimes?
Democracy as Human Rights: Freedom and Equality in the Age of Globalization [Excerpt]
Goodhart does not advocate that democracy is a human right that should be protected and promoted as such, but reconceptualizes democracy itself as "human rights".
The Debt Threat: How Debt Is Destroying the Developing World [Full Text]
Last year’s G-8 meeting in Gleneagles marked a major political commitment to cancel the debts that nineteen poor, heavily indebted countries owe to the IMF, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank.