Books, May, 2007
Uniquely in the 62-year history of the United Nations, Ramesh Thakur was given and exercised the latitude to write for public consumption on the contested topics of the day, making it clear that he was expressing his personal opinion. This book brings together a collection of Dr Thakur's opinion articles from a number of newspapers around the world: The Australian, The Canberra Times, The Daily Yomiuri, The Globe and Mail, The Hindu, The International Herald Tribune, and The Japan Times, plus one article from the UN Chronicle. The book's three topics-the Iraq war, the war on terror, and weapons of mass destruction-are among the most critical issues of our times.
This book is one of the first attempts to improve our understanding of unintended consequences of peacekeeping operations, by bringing together field experiences and academic analysis. The book will investigate unintended consequences of peacekeeping operations on individuals and groups of individuals, on the host society and economy, and on the troop-contributing countries. It will also analyse the degree to which the United Nations has tried to manage some of these side effects, as well as the United Nations' accountability in the context of the international legal framework. The aim of the book is not to discredit peace operations but rather to improve the way in which such operations are planned and managed. The book identifies the need to develop a culture of accountability, which should include institutionalizing processes aimed at anticipating unintended consequences as a routine part of all planning cycles, and the monitoring of effects, including unintended effects, so that proactive steps can be taken to prevent and manage negative side effects as early as possible.
Compiled by renowned specialists, Governing Global Health: Challenge, Response, Innovation studies the global challenges and responses to these issues, as well as the roles of central institutions such as the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization and the G8. Health practitioners and clinicians seeking a context for their front-line care provision, as well as scholars and students of global health issues, will find the volume highly valuable.