The United Nations and Nuclear Orders

The United Nations and Nuclear Orders

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Edited by Jane Boulden, Edited by Ramesh Thakur, Edited by Thomas G. Weiss

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  • Publisher: United Nations University
  • Format: Paperback | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 20mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 27 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Tokyo
  • ISBN 10: 9280811673
  • ISBN 13: 9789280811674
  • Sales rank: 592,192

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Recent tensions surrounding the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran, as well as shocking revelations about A. Q. Khan's atomic bazaar, have drawn attention to the role of the United Nations in addressing a host of nuclear challenges. Yet the world organization's role has largely been absent from both scholarly and policy research. The United Nations and Nuclear Orders fills this void by shedding light on the past, present, and future roles of the UN in respondingto the threats and challenges posed by nuclear weapons. This book examines: UN actors, tools, and issues associated with the changing nature of the environment in which it operates; the ways in which it has and might respond to technological and political problems; and, the questions and difficulties that arise for the world organization. Issues covered in the book include doctrinal questions on the use of force, the regional dynamics of nuclear proliferation, and growing concern that the nuclear order established by the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty may collapse or simply be overtaken by events.

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Jane Boulden holds a Canada Research Chair in international relations and security studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. Ramesh Thakur, former UN assistant secretary-general, is foundation director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs and distinguished fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Canada. Thomas G.Weiss is Presidential Professor of political science at the Graduate Center of the City University of NewYork and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.