Links to Sites Discovered by Debate-Central
March to Irrelevance
— The United Nations’ criticisms of U.S. military action in Iraq risk
marginalizing the U.N.’s role in world affairs.
A Miasma of Corruption: The United Nations at 50 — The United
Nations has scores of administrative agencies whose portfolios often duplicate
each other. Insufficient auditing makes corruption a real problem.
A U.N. Army: Unwise, Unsafe and Unnecessary — A past analysis of a
recurring issue. U.S. troops in a U.N. army would risk American lives and money
on objectives that often fail to advance U.S. interests.
Dare We Surrender America's Future to the U.N.? — The United Nations
is not a good place to invest our hopes for international peace, as the
situation in Iraq demonstrates.
Annan Justifies U.N.'s "Pre-emptive Strike" Against Sierra Leone Militia
— The U.N. secretary-general explains why the United Nations’ use of
pre-emptive force in Sierra Leone was legitimate.
What Happened to Humanitarian Intervention?
— Preventing another humanitarian disaster, such as the 1994 slaughter in
Rwanda, is the best rationale for an increase in U.N. peacekeeping power.
Preventing Conflicts, Protecting Civilians — This report explores
the tension between U.N. peacekeeping power and national sovereignty.
A Charter to Intervene — Strengthening international law can help
ensure that humanitarianism does not become a disguise for imperialism.
A Limited Role for the United Nations in Post-War Iraq — The United
Nations will be more effective as a mediator, trainer and democracy advocate
than it will be as a provider of armed forces in post-war Iraq.
Revisiting Humanitarian Intervention: Post-September 11 — Human
rights organizations often play an important role in determining when the
United Nations should intervene for humanitarian purposes; they could play a
valuable role in guiding the use of U.N. peacekeeping powers, as well.
Is The U.N. Even Necessary? — A brief argument for either a major
reduction of the U.N. bureaucracy or an end to U.S. participation in the United
Expanded U.N. Peacekeeping: Costly and Risky With Few Rewards —
Increased U.N. peacekeeping responsibilities are not justified by the United
Nations’ track record. Regional coalitions of nations guided by rational
self-interest are likely to produce better results.
U.S. War on Iraq is Morally Legitimate — The United Nations allows
dictatorships to obstruct necessary military actions against dangerous regimes.
A Plan to Strengthen U.N. Peacekeeping — Reviewing the past 50 years, a U.N. undersecretary-general
provides four principles to guide U.N. peacekeeping.
Help Not Wanted — A functioning, democratic Iraqi government does
not need U.N. recognition in order to be seen as legitimate.
Blueprint for Freedom: Limiting the Role of the U.N. in Post-War Iraq
— International law shows that the primary responsibility for a functioning
Iraqi government belongs to the United States and its coalition – not the
Timeline of U.N. peacekeeping missions — A 60-year timeline of U.N.
peacekeeping provided by an online encyclopedia.
Map of Current Peacekeeping Operations — A U.N. map shows ongoing
United Nations peacekeeping efforts.
U.N. News — The United Nations News Centre, with stories about
recent U.N. activities.
United Nations Peacekeeping — The United Nations Web site lists its
current peacekeeping activities.
U.N. in Financial Crisis — A module of articles, tables, charts and
U.N. finance-reform analysis.
United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Problems and Prospects — A
former United Nations peacekeeping commander discusses the successes, failures
and challenges of U.N. peacekeeping since the end of the Cold War.
U.N. Reform: Is a World Parliamentary Assembly Needed? — The U.N.’s
legitimacy is questionable, since it represents national governments, rather
than a global community of mutually recognized interests.
Recommendations to the Bush Administration on U.N. Reform — A series
of proposals to reform the United Nations: crack down on spending, reform the
charter, be strict with dictatorships and limit the bureaucracy.
Senator Jesse Helms Before the U.N. Security Council — A transcript
of Sen. Jesse Helms’ controversial address to the United Nations in 2000.
U.N.'s War on the Liberal International Economic Order — Mackinac
Center Debate Workshop speaker Douglas Bandow argues that many U.N. programs
are ineffectual or too removed from the world’s immediate problems to be
Pruning the United Nations — The United Nations is an association of
the world's governments, not the world’s people, undercutting its ability to be
the "last best hope for peace."
Lessons from America's Making — The U.S. Constitution is based on
principles that are fundamentally different from those of international orders
like the United Nations and European Union.
The End of U.N. Peacekeeping – U.N. Secretary-General Annan called
for a rethinking of U.N. peacekeeping efforts in wake of the Sierra Leone
operation; workshop speaker Douglas Bandow argues that the United Nations
should end U.N. peacekeeping efforts like those in Sierra Leone.