Global Issues

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Required and Optional Reading

There are both required and optional reading listed below. The class schedule specifies which of the following material is required reading and specifies the date the reading assignment is due. Questions are drawn exclusively from required reading. Much of the optional material is here those of you pursuing a thesis topic in the area in this area.

Required Text

Much of the required reading is from the following book.

The New United Nations: International Organization in the Twenty-First Century. John Allphin Moore, Jr. and Jerry Pubantz. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006.

Students have the option of purchasing the text in paper or ebook format. Ebook purchase is a 6-month subscription. It allows search, highlighting, page printing, and a variety of other capabilities. It is purely a student choice. You can test drive and order at the following URL.

Optional Texts

For those of you who might pursue further research in the area, the following optional texts are recommended. The Oxford Handbook is a large anthology, with chapters written by experts in their fields. The Kennedy book reads like a novel rather than a text book.

The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations. Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws, eds. Oxford University Press, 2007.

The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations. Paul Kennedy. New York: Random House, 2006.

Journal Articles

Daadler, Ivo and James Lindsay, "Democracies of the World, Unite," American Interest, 2006.

Eban, Abba, "The U.N. Idea Revisited," Foreign Affairs, 74, 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1995), pp. 39-55.

Hoxie, R. Gordon, "The United Nations at 50 Years," Presidential Studies Quarterly, 25, 4 (Fall, 1995), pp. 787-799.

Kennedy, Paul and Bruce Russett, "Reforming the United Nations, Foreign Affairs, 74, 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1995), pp. 56-71.

Lindsay, James M.,"The Case for a Concert of Democracies," Ethics & International Affairs, v 23.1 (Spring 2009).

Singh, Robert S., "In Defense of a Concert of Liberal Democracies," The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, 2009.

Web Resources

The English language entry point

A web site locator for UN bodies

UN wire service

UN Research Library

UN Documents


International Law

International Court of Justice

International Criminal Court and


International Monetary Fund

World Bank Group

World Trade Organization


World Health Program

The World Health Organization


The Global Compact

UN Development and

UN Millennium Development Goals

UN Human Rights

UN Humanitarian operations

UN Climate Change


Global Issues a non-UN page

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