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United Nations, Divided World
United Nations, Divided World
Edited by Adam Roberts and Benedict Kingsbury
Clarendon Press/Oxford, 1988, 287 pp

At a time when many long-standing international conflicts seem to be winding down and prospects for the United Nations seem more promising, publication of these lectures, given at Oxford in 1986 when the organization's fortunes were at a low point, can help show the way to a more useful role. The authors, all of whom speak from extensive personal experience and with full understanding of the U.N.'s limitations, include Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Sir Anthony Parsons, Maurice Bertrand and Evan Luard.