Faculty Book: Thomas G. Weiss

Thomas G. Weiss and Ramesh Thakur

Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey
(Indiana University Press, 2010)

In the twenty-first century, the world is faced with threats on a planetary scale that cannot be confronted without collective action. Although global government as such does not exist, formal and informal institutions, practices, and initiatives—together forming a kind of “global governance”—bring a greater measure of predictability, stability, and order to trans-border issues than might be expected. Yet there are significant gaps between many current global problems and available solutions. Weiss and Thakur analyze the United Nations’ role in addressing such gaps, using case studies of some of the most burning problems of our age, including terrorism, nuclear proliferation, humanitarian crises, development aid, climate change, human rights, and HIV/AIDS. Thomas G. Weiss is a presidential professor of political science at the Graduate Center and director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies.

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Submitted on: APR 23, 2010

Category: Faculty Books, Political Science