US Politics and the United Nations: A Tale of Dysfunctional Dynamics
by Alynna J. Lyon
Lynne Rienner Publishers (September 9, 2016)
It is no secret that the U.S. variously pulls away from the United Nations and embraces it as a significant venue for policy initiatives. But what explains this dramatic inconsistency? What is the logic of U.S. multilateralism? Alynna Lyon explores the puzzling waxing and waning of U.S. support for the U.N., tracing events, actions and decisions from the end of World War I to the present. Lyon weaves together a consideration of international context, U.N. institutional dynamics, and U.S. domestic politics to conceptualize and explain the trials and tribulations of the U.S.-U.N. relationship. In the process, she tells the story of the progression of the U.S. from a country committed to internationalism to one full of dysfunctional partisanship, ideological underpinnings and domestic power struggles that undermine its capacities to cooperate on a global scale.
The United Nations in the 21st Century (fifth edition)
by Karen A. Mingst, Margaret P. Karns and Alynna J. Lyon
(Dilemmas in World Politics) Westview Press (August 2, 2016)
"The United Nations in the 21st Century" provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the United Nations, exploring the historical, institutional and theoretical foundations of the U.N. This popular text for courses on international organizations and international relations also discusses the political complexities facing the organization today.
Thoroughly revised throughout, the fifth edition focuses on major trends since 2012, including changing power dynamics, increasing threats to peace and security, and the growing challenges of climate change and sustainability. It examines the proliferating public-private partnerships involving the U.N. and the debates over reforming the Security Council and the Secretary-General selection process. This edition also includes new case studies on peacekeeping and the use of force in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mali, transnational terrorism and the emergence of ISIS, the Security Council’s failure to act in Syria, the Syrian and global refugee/migrant crisis, and the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals and framing of the Sustainable Development Goals.
For three decades, David Rivard has written from deep within the skin of our times. With "Standoff," he asks an essential question: In a world of noise, of global anxiety and media distraction, how can we speak to each other with honesty? These poems scan the shifting horizons of our world, all the while swerving elastically through the multitude of selves that live inside our memories and longings—"all those me's that wish to be set free at dawn." The work of these poems is a counterweight to the work of the world. It wants to deepen the mystery we are to ourselves, stretching toward acceptance and tenderness in ways that are hard-won and true, even if fleeting.
Linguistically Diverse Immigrant and Resident Writers: Transitions from High School to College
edited by Christina Ortmeier-Hooper and Todd Ruecker
(ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series) Routledge (July 13, 2016)
Spotlighting the challenges and realities faced by linguistically diverse immigrant and resident students in U.S. secondary schools and in their transitions from high school to community colleges and universities, this book looks at programs, interventions, and other factors that help or hinder them as they make this move. Chapters from teachers and scholars working in a variety of contexts build rich understandings of how high school literacy contexts, policies such as the proposed DREAM Act and the Common Core State Standards, bridge programs like Upward Bound, and curricula redesign in first-year college composition courses designed to recognize increasing linguistic diversity of student populations, affect the success of this growing population of students as they move from high school into higher education.
Paul’s Letters and Contemporary Greco-Roman Literature: Theorizing a New Taxonomy
by Paul M. Robertson
Brill Publishers (June 2016)
In this volume, Paul Robertson re-describes the form of the apostle Paul’s letters in a manner that facilitates transparent, empirical comparison with texts not typically treated by biblical scholars. Paul’s letters are best described by a set of literary characteristics shared by certain Greco-Roman texts, particularly those of Epictetus and Philodemus. He theorizes a new taxonomy of Greco-Roman literature that groups Paul’s letters together with certain Greco-Roman, ethical-philosophical texts written at a roughly contemporary time in the ancient Mediterranean. This particular grouping, termed a socio-literary sphere, is defined by the shared form, content, and social purpose of its constituent texts, as well as certain general similarities between their texts’ authors.