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Sep 09

ConUNdrum: The Limits of the United Nations and the Search for Alternatives

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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium

Although rooted in noble aims, the United Nations has a long history of failing to fulfill the purposes for which it was created - bolstering international peace and security, promoting fundamental human rights and freedoms, and increasing prosperity and living standards.  Nevertheless, the UN has managed to increase its budgets and expand its mandate and activities into areas in which it has little expertise or expectation of success.

Billions of U.S. tax dollars are invested in the UN each year, yet U.S. efforts to improve the effectiveness of the organization have little effect.  This groundbreaking book offers thoughtful analyses of the UN system's many weaknesses and failings and practical steps for reform to improve its role in major areas, from peace and security to human rights, development, global health, and a sustainable environment.  The contributors also discuss ways to work around the UN if that is the best option.

More About the Speakers

The Honorable John R. Bolton
Senior Fellow,
American Enterprise Institute,
and former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

With commentaries from:
Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.
Vice President,
Foreign and Defense Policy Studies,
The Heritage Foundation

Brett D. Schaefer
Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs,
The Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom,
The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D.

Founder, Chairman of the Asian Studies Center, and Chung Ju-yung Fellow Read More