The UN and the Global South, 1945 and 2015: past as prelude?

by Thomas G. Weiss and Pallavi Roy (editors)

Special Issue of the Third World Quarterly, Volume 37, No. 7, 2016

Guest Editors: Thomas G. Weiss and Pallavi Roy

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The United Nations is hardly a popular pursuit in today’s academic and policy literatures, and so it is unsurprising that an examination of that multilateral structure before 1945 shows an even more egregious absence of analytical attention. Such ignorance conveniently ignores the forgotten genius of 1942–45, namely in the wide substantive and geographic relevance of multilateralism during World War II and in the foundations for the contemporary world order.

This collection of papers critically reviews the worlds of 1945 and 2015, of then and now, to determine the role of continuity and change, of the ongoing bases for compromise, and for the clashes between the Global South and Global North.


Introduction by the Guest Editors: The UN and the Global South, 1945 and 2015: past as prelude? by Thomas G. Weiss and Pallavi Roy
Part 1: Ideas and Shifting Power Relations
1. " ‘Idea-shift’: how ideas from the rest are reshaping global order" by Amitav Acharya

2. "Emerging powers and the creation of the UN: three ships of Theseus" by
Adriana Erthal Abdenur

Part 2: International Peace and Security

3. "The revolt against the West: intervention and sovereignty" by Adekeye Adebajo

4. "The South and disarmament at the UN" by Dan Plesch

5. "Arab agency and the UN project: the League of Arab States between universality and regionalism" by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Part 3: Human Rights and Development
6. "Normative human rights cascades, North and South" by Bertrand G. Ramcharan

7. "Managing the global commons: common good or common sink?" by Nico Schrijver

8. "Developing countries and the right to development: a retrospective and prospective African view" by Fantu Cheru

9. "Economic growth, the UN and the Global South: an unfulfilled promise" by Pallavi Roy


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