CONTENTS:- List of Acronyms; Introduction; 1. United Nations, Multilateralism and International Security; 2. United Nations and the Changing Security Agenda; 3. Relevance and Efficacy of the United Nations; Current Challenges to Multilateralism and the United Nations; 4. A View from Brazil; 5. A Sri Lankan Perspective; 6. A Russian Perspective; 7. A Japanese Perspective; 8. A European Perspective; 9. India's Approach to Multilateralism; 10. Return to Multilateralism: The United States and the World; 11. Iraq War and World Order; 12. World Strategic Order: Unipolar, Multipolar or Multilateral; Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Management; 13. Afghanistan at the Crossroads; 14. Armed Action in Sri Lanka; 15. Conflict Resolution and Post-Conflict Management in Timor-Leste; 16. Conflict Resolution in Africa; 17. Recent Case Studies on Post-Conflict Management; International Cooperation in Tackling Terrorism, Drugs and Organised Crime; 18. Terrorism and Transnational Crime: An Indian Perspective; 19. Terrorist Outlook for 2004: The New Security Environment; 20. UN Convention against Organised Crime: Expectations and Dilemmas; 21. International Cooperation in Tackling Terrorism, Drugs and Organised Crime: The Asia-Pacific Experience; 22. International Cooperation in Tackling Terrorism: the Middle East; 23. International Cooperation against Drug Trafficking in Central Asia; 24. International Cooperation in Tackling Terrorism: A European Response; 25. Security Cooperation in Central Asian Region: State-building Processes and External Influence; United nations and Weapons of Mass Destruction; 26. A UN Perspective; 27. An Indian Perspective; 28. A Russian Perspective; 29. The North Korean Nuclear Case; 30. UNMOVIC: Lessons and Legacy; 31. UN Non-Proliferation Regimes: New Challenges and Responses; Prospects of Strengthening and Restructuring Multilateral Institutions and the United nations; 32. Strengthening and Restructuring Multilateral Institutions: A Perspective; 33. Crisis in Multilateralism: A Japanese Viewpoint; 34. Unilateralism versus Multilateralism: Challenges and Prospects; 35. Preemption or Partnership? The Future of International Security; 36. Reform of the United Nations; 37. Lessons of UN Global conferences: A Restructured United national System for a Hegemonic World Order; 38. Multilateralism and the Role of Small States; 39. Strengthening the UN: Futile Attempt or Feasible Alternative?; Annexure; Contributors; Index.
The Iraq war in 2003 raised fundamental questions on the practice of 'might is right' and the principle of cooperation and multilateralism in addressing perceived global security challenges. It also placed the United Nations at a critical juncture or, "a fork in the road" as referred to by UNSG Kofi Annan. This book is a collection of high-quality papers presented by academicians, diplomats and UN officials who had deliberated on this issue in January 2004.