Thant's ten years as secretary-general witnessed a series of new peacekeeping missions in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and the establishment of institutional structures for the discussions of North-South economic issues. But fiscal crisis brought near paralysis; the United States became increasingly alienated from the organization over the existing policies in Vietnam; and the Arab-Israeli War demonstrated the UN's inability to prevent crisis from escalating into war. By the end of Thant's second term, the position of secretary-general was more secure but far weaker than it was ten years before.
About the Author
Dr. Bernard J. Firestone is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Hofstra University, New York.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: From Hammarskjöld to Thant Chapter 2 1 Early Crises: The Congo and Cuba Chapter 3 Appendix 1A The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty 1963 Chapter 4 2 Peacekeeping in the Third World Chapter 5 3 Man of the Third World Chapter 6 4 The New Majority and the United States: The Fiscal Crisis and Vietnam Chapter 7 Appendix 4A The Dominican Crisis, 1965 Chapter 8 5 Final Disappointments: The 1967 Arab-Israeli War and the India-Pakistan War of 1971 Chapter 9 Appendix 5A The China Question, 1961-1971 Chapter 10 6 Assessment Chapter 11 Chronology, 1961-1974 Chapter 12 Appendix A United Nations Members Chapter 13 Appendix B Excerpt from the Charter of the United Nations Chapter 14 Bibliography Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Author