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From the Inside: The United Nations at 75--Where It's Been and What Comes Next

Founded in 1945, the United Nations is a global body with 193 member states and a founding document that begins, “We the peoples of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war … and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights … and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.” In its 75 years of existence, the UN has developed mechanisms, tools, and a global bureaucracy to attempt to fulfill these lofty ambitions. Led by two faculty with current and extensive UN experience, this course will consider how the various UN bodies work; examine the key structures that have been created to carry out its mission; and analyze the successes and failures of the institution to date, including how and why they occurred. We also will explore what comes next for the UN—what challenges it faces, what needs to change, and if and how it can better achieve its goals in the next 75 years.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A thorough background of the structures and processes of the United Nations
  • The ability to analyze and understand how UN decisions are made and carried out, with a particular emphasis on member state deliberation and the UN system for delivery of services
  • An understanding of upcoming challenges for the UN and the world, as well as possible directions the UN could take in the coming years

Ideal for

  • Students seeking a better understanding of the actual functioning of the UN and the UN’s role in the world of international affairs
  • Students considering a career in international affairs who would like a view inside the UN from UN officials
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