- The Progress of UN Reform
H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson discusses recent steps forward at the U.N., such as the creation of the Peacebuilding Commission, the Central Emergency Fund, and the Human Rights Council.
- You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir
Nobel Prize-winning author and activist Wole Soyinka discusses the current crisis in Nigeria where President Obasanjo tries to subvert the constitution and remain in power for a third term. Soyinka also calls for immediate UN intervention in Darfur.
- Development Agenda 2006: From Ideas into Action
The UK ambassador to the UN describes the positive rethinking of development policy that occurred in 2005 and the need to make 2006 the year for action. He touches on the issues of aid, trade, UN reform, harmonization among donor organizations, and the struggle against corruption.
- The UN Charter and the Neoconservative Challenge
Preventive war and democracy promotion are the two main prongs of the neocon challenge to traditional UN norms governing the use of force. Farer criticizes the neocon project and offers suggestions for shoring up the UN Charter in the face of new global threats.
- What's Wrong With Preventive War? The Moral and Legal Basis for the Use of Preventive Force [Abstract]
The question of the legitimacy of preventive war has been at the center of the debate about the proper response to terrorism and the legitimacy of the Iraq War.
- Three Challenges for the Human Rights Movement: Darfur, Abu Ghraib, and the Role of the United Nations
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, discusses Darfur, Abu Ghraib, and the role of the UN.
- Why Cultural Rights Now?
Stamatopoulou discusses the destructive trends facing the world's 370 million indigenous peoples, as outlined by the Human Development Report 2004, concluding that it will take more than democracy and equitable growth to preserve their traditions.
- Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
In her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Samantha Power reveals with forceful, regretful, and even angry prose, the stark record: the United States has rarely missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity to stand against genocide.
- Mainstreaming Human Rights
In an interview with Dialogue, Danilo Türk discusses the promise and challenge of integrating rights standards and practices into the UN's work in conflict prevention.
- Bernard Kouchner
Bernard Kouchner is a French socialist politician, activist, diplomat, and doctor.
- Jan Eliasson
H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson was elected president of the sixtieth session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. At the time, he was Sweden’s Ambassador to the United States, a post he held from 2000-2005.
- Ethics in a Violent World (2005-2006)
Focusing on the institutions regulating war and peace, this initiative engages scholars, policymakers, and concerned citizens through major public lectures, policy briefings, and journal articles.
- What Can Institutions Do?
This part of the Ethics in a Violent World initiative seeks to identify and clarify the competing moral principles at work in proposals to reform the United Nations. We focus on three crucial issues:how to deal with the emergence of nonstate threats; how to implement the responsibility to protect doctrine; and how to deal with the United States' neoconservative challenge to the traditional UN norms on the use of force.
- Kieran Prendergast
Sir Kieran Prendergast was the under-secretary-general for political affairs at the United Nations from 1997-2005.
- David M. Malone
David Malone is rector of United Nations University and under-secretary-general of the UN.