Time to Reinvent the UN?

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The United Nations was born in 1945 "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." Yet despite its mission to promote peace, it's often seemed that UN resolutions were made to be broken. After winning last year's Nobel Peace Prize, the UN is again threatened, most recently by divisions among member states, especially over the Middle East, the collapse of its investigation into Israel's attack on Jenin, and the US "unsigning" of the treaty that establishes the International Criminal Court. In the face of continuing threats to its credibility, we speak with former US representatives and a spokesman for Secretary General Kofi Annan about the changing role of the UN.
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Financial Times

International Criminal Court

United Nations

Reuters News Service

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Yale University's Center for UN Studies

Artists Management Group

The New Yorker



Warren Olney