The U.N. at 50
Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Maynes, Charles W.
Examines the role of the U.N. and its efficiency as an international organization.
The United Nations was created in 1948 with ambitious goals, including a commitment to human rights, social progress, and increased international cooperation. In the years since its inception, U.N. general membership has grown to include nearly every sovereign state in the world, and its efforts have resulted in the eradication of smallpox, increased economic development, and the peaceful resolution of violent conflicts. Nonetheless, the organization has never been without its critics, including some who alleged that by the end of the 20th century the U.N. had become a bloated, wasteful bureaucracy. Still others claimed the lofty goals of the organization far exceeded material and practical limitations, in effect setting the U.N. up for failure. In the year of the organization's 50th anniversary, host Peter Krogh sits down with Bill Maynes, editor of Foreign Policy Magazine, to discuss the role and effectiveness of the United Nations in a changing world.
Georgetown University. School of Foreign ServiceForeign Policy Association