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A Second Chance for Ban Ki-moon
A Second Chance for Ban Ki-moon

A strategy to maintain UN relevance in a shifting geopolitical climate

30/04/2011 | by Richard Gowan | United Nations

Although Ban Ki-moon faces no challengers in his bid for a second term, he will have to demonstrate an improved instinct for running the United Nations. Without better leadership, the UN runs the risk of becoming irrelevant, as Western governments’ austerity cuts constrict an already tight budget and rising powers seek to limit UN interference.

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Germany’s Role in the World

Berlin is one of the UN’s big donors and a major peacekeeper

01/02/2005 | by Bernd Mützelburg | Germany, Law & Institutions

Germany and Europe’s security and stability have grown since the end of the cold war. The old “German question” has been solved. Embedded in European integration, a sovereign Germany has now taken on a very new role of sharing joint responsibility for maintaining international stability and order. To maximize effective crisis management in a world in which no single nation can solve global problems, the UN Security Council system must be revised–and Germany belongs at the table.


Human Rights and Security
01/08/2004 | by Barbara Lochbihler
Tolerating human rights violations in the name of presumed crucial security interests is nothing new. We saw this trade-off in Latin America in the 1980s, and we see it in many dictatorial regimes in every region of the globe today. In the name of national security, members of minorities and political opposition movements have been and continue to be punished, tortured, and deprived of their most elementary rights.
Category Law & Institutions, Global Institutions, United Nations, Law, Human Rights, Security, Humanitarian Intervention, Worldwide
Transatlantic Power, Legitimacy, and Credibility
01/05/2004 | by Wolfgang Ischinger
Last year’s Iraq crisis was not just one more of the many transatlantic crises since the 1960s. It ran far deeper. It concerned power—military and political,hard and soft—and the legitimacy of the use of military force by the United States. By raising doubts about power, legitimacy, and credibility, it challenged the existing international order more than any other event since the cold war.
Category Europe-USA, Transatlantic Relations, United Nations, Global Institutions, Law & Institutions, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, United States of America, Europe, Iraq