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The United Nations: Challenges and Change

The United Nations: Challenges and Change introduces students to the debates about the role of the UN in the world. Today, the United Nations is at the center of world affairs. With 193 member states and a vast network of global agencies, the UN's work includes trying to end civil wars,most recently in Syria, enact environmental regulation, and coordinate efforts to alleviate poverty. Since Franklin Roosevelt led the creation of the UN, the United States has provided leadership and had unmatched influence within the United Nations. Today, as the international community debates changes to the UN, the United States must consider the role it will play within the organization and the role it should have in international affairs.

Part I: The UN and the International Community

Part II: Debating the UN’s Role

United Nations: Videos for Lessons

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