Oxford University Press 1993

United Nations, Divided World: The UN’s Roles in International Relations

Adam Roberts & Benedict Kingsbury


This edition takes into account a wide range of events in appraising the role of the United Nations in international relations including: the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet system in eastern Europe in 1989 and the ensuing demise of the Warsaw Pact, the Gulf War in 1990-1991, the end of the Soviet Union in 1991, the comprehensive or partial settlement of several regional conflicts, growing civil strife in several parts of the world, the rapid expansion of U.N. peacekeeping and election-monitoring activities, and the development of U.N. and other international activities for the protection of the environment.

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  • Review by Bruno Simma, The American Journal of International Law
  • Review by D.M. Edwards, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly
  • Review by Gunnar Garho, Journal of Peace Research
  • Review by Sydney D. Bailey, International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-)
  • Review by José E. Alvarez and Richard B. Bilder, The American Journal of International Law