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Make an argument saying the UN has not outlived its usefulness.

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jadermary | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 2, 2012 at 3:38 PM via web

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Make an argument saying the UN has not outlived its usefulness.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM (Answer #1)

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Scholars of international relations who adhere to the liberal/idealist school of thought argue that the United Nations remains important.  They say that it remains important because it can create more ties between the various nations of the world.  Idealist scholars say that conflict can be reduced if there are more ties of all sorts between nations.  The United Nations facilitates the creation of such ties.  It has numerous organizations (such as UNICEF or the World Health Organization) that bring countries together to collaborate on various issues.  Idealists believe that such contacts make conflict less likely.  Therefore, they would argue that the UN continues to be important in the world today.

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