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Reforming the United Nations

Reforming the United Nations

Reforming the United Nations

Reforming the United Nations

  • By: Nazrul Islam

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ISBN: 9788130901930

Bind: Hardbound

Year: 2005

Pages: 150

Size: 159 x 242 mm

Publisher: Viva Books Originals

Sales Territory: Worldwide


There were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, nor any evidences of Saddam Hussein's links with Osama bin Laden. The masquerade can no longer deceive the international community. The UN, which should have been the arbitrator, was reduced to a bystander, or worst, was gracelessly playing second fiddle to one of the most unjustifiable aggressions against a sovereign state in history. Ditto in the case of Kosovo bombings and the Palestinian crisis.

Over the years the UN has become a puppet in the hands of veto-wielding Big Powers of the world. Analysing the fundamental flaws of its constitution, Nazrul Islam launches an unsparing yet well-informed condemnation of the UN and its partial policies. Why does the UN continue to fail? When did the rot set in? If not the UN, then what? In the context of India's bid for a permanent membership of the Security Council, Nazrul Islam's opinions are bound to start off a whole new debate about the future of this most significant world organisation.

Is the United Nations truly an international peacekeeper? Are we • the Third-World nations • really represented at the UN? Is the UN a democratic institution protecting the weaker nations from tyranny and authoritarianism? Yes • that is what we have been deluded into thinking. The history of the UN's approach to the various international conflicts proves that it has always been only safeguarding the interests of the veto-wielding powers. In Reforming the United Nations Nazrul Islam exposes the wolf in sheep's clothing. Analysing its history and lineage and identifying the flaws in its Charter, Islam argues that the proposed reforms of the UN will at best be cosmetic.

The truth may be hard to stomach. But the proof is contemporary history itself. During the Kosovo bombings, the UN did not show up its face. What its stand is about the Palestine question is a well-known secret. When Iraq was invaded, the United Nations was tongue-tied. In Reforming the United Nations Nazrul Islam is as hard-hitting as in his Islam 9/11 and Global Terrorism and as polemical as never before.

Target Audience: 

Students and academicians of Political Science, International Relations and the general public.



Abbreviations and acronyms • Preface • Introduction • The Genesis: The League of Nations, its failure, 2nd World war, the United Nations • Fault in the structure of the United Nations • The Failure of the United Nations in ensuring balance: The security council has been made a monster • Failure of the United States in delivering justice to the weaker states: An instrument of oppression in the hands of the stronger • Failure of the United Nations in Iraq • Failure of the United Nations in Palestine • Failure of the United Nations even in assuring the superpowers: NATO, Baghdad Pact/CENTO, Warsaw Pact, and NAM • The proposed reform will not change the basic characteristics of the United Nations • What should be done? • Appendices: Year-wise list of member states of the UN • Contribution of member states to the UN • The United Nations System • List of vetoes in the security council of the UN • The proposed charter for the Union of Nations


About the Author: 

Dr Nazrul Islam is Inspector General of Police, West Bengal. He was awarded Indian Police Medal for continuous meritorious service (1997). He is the author of 27 books and Son of the Soil. Some of these have been translated to other languages. He was awarded Ananda Puruskar (1995) for his book on "Hindu Muslim Relationship in Bengal", Sarat Puruskar (1998) for critical writings and Sushila Devi Birla Smiriti Puruskar (1999) as eminent writer.


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