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The United Nations

A Beginner's Guide

Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations has had a powerful but controversial influence on global politics. In this well-written and informative guide, Norrie MacQueen provides a clear introduction to its institutions, remit, personalities, and role in the modern world. Defending it from common criticisms of bureaucratic paralysis and bias towards the developed world, MacQueen argues that its limitations are due to the complex web of national interests that it seeks to reconcile.

Norrie Macqueen is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Dundee, UK. He is author of six books on the United Nations and a world expert on UN Peacekeeping.

"An intelligent, engaging and highly accessible introduction."

– Mats Berdal - Department of War Studies, King's College London

"Coherent, concise and wide ranging. This guide does exactly what is required."

– Mark Imber - Senior Lecturer in International Relations, St Andrews University

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