How United Nations ideas change history

  title={How United Nations ideas change history},
  author={Thomas G. Weiss},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  pages={3 - 23}
  • T. Weiss
  • Published 1 October 2010
  • Political Science
  • Review of International Studies
Abstract This article considers the United Nations (UN) as a creator and facilitator of innovative ideas in world politics. It thereby breathes new life into the world organisation's overlooked characteristics: the quality and diversity of its intellectual leadership, and its value-based framework for dealing with the global challenges of our times. The nature of UN ideas are examined – the good, the bad, and the ugly – while recognising that most have multiple origins and various carriers, and… 

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