PS 0500 World Politics 10.29 11.5.docx

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Department
Political Science
Course
PS 0500
Professor
Daniela Donno
Semester
Fall

Description
WorldPoliticsPS0500LectureNotesOctober292012TheUnitedNationsAuniversalorganization193memberstatesMembershipimpliesinternationalrecognitionTheclosestthingtoaworldgovernmentUNmembershipSwitzerlandjoinedin2002SouthSudanmostrecentcountrytojoin2006Increaseinmembershipin1960sand1970s1980scollapseofsovietunionNotsovereignstatesbutareseekingmembershiptogaininternationalrecognitionoTaiwanoKosovoUNBudget2007379billion2007peacekeepingapproximately5billionIncomparisonoUSFederalGovernmentBudgetin2007was27trillionoUNhasalotofresponsibilityintermsofpeaceanddevelopmentbutdoesnthavemanyresourcesoViewingitasascaryorganizationisntexactlyaccurateUSpaysthelargestshareofthebudgetalongwithotherwealthiercountriesUNSecurityCouncilHasnotchangedsince19455permanentmemberswithvetopoweroUSoRussiaoChinaoUKoFrance10nonpermanentmemberselectedto2yeartermsOnevoteperstate9votestopassameasureo5permanentmembersatleast4nonpermanentmembersShouldtheSecurityCouncilberestructuredGermanyandJapanGreaterrepresentationtodevelopingcountriesRussiaandChinamoreconcernedaboutcriticizingdomesticpoliticalhumanrightsviolationsthanUSoDontwanttosetprecedentforcriticizingpracticesthatgoonintheironcountriesbecausetheyrebothdictatorships
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