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International Affairs: The United Nations at 70

18 November 2015 - 18:00 to 19:00

Chatham House, London


Thomas G. Weiss, Presidential Professor of Political Science, City University of New York

Rama Mani, Senior Research Associate, Centre for International Studies, University of Oxford

Colin McInnes, UNESCO Professor of HIV/AIDS, Education and Health Security in Africa, Aberystwyth University 

Chair: Professor Andrew Dorman, Commissioning Editor, International Affairs



The November issue of International Affairs will focus on the United Nations, coinciding with the organization’s 70th anniversary. To mark the issue’s launch, three of the contributors will examine the UN’s history and consider its future role in global governance.

Thomas G. Weiss will present his leading article, in which he examines why states formed the UN system in the aftermath of the Second World War. He suggests that states must reinvest in the UN system, the most basic building block for a better world order in the 21st century. Rama Mani gives a practitioner’s perspective, looking at world governance more widely. She argues that global governance is in a state of chronic dysfunction and that the UN’s 70th anniversary offers a timely opportunity to analyse the reasons for its disrepair and chart its future in this period of unprecedented upheaval. Colin McInnes will offer a case-study of a specific field of the UN’s work, examining its role in global health governance, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization.

This event will be followed by a reception.