National and international dimensions

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Transaction Publishers, 1988 - Political Science - 420 pages
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Legitimacy and Force, Volumes One and Two are the state papers of Jeane J. Kirkpatrick as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The volumes feature all of the ambassador's UN and congressional testimonies, addresses, speeches and statements and a broad selection of speeches on international affairs and human rights. Together they present a lucid and comprehensive account of the position of one of America's most controversial UN representatives.

Volume One is oriented around themes of democratic societies and undemocratic systems, human rights and political obligations. Kirkpatrick examines the nature and legitimacy of democracy and the illegitimate nature of undemocratic nations. She also offers poignant commentary on the presidential election of 1980 and what the "Reagan phenomenon" has meant to the United States and the West.

Volume Two offers Kirkpatrick's formal remarks on nations and nation-building. She focuses on Grenada, Poland, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and the Soviet Union. She provides a particularly trenchant analysis of Israel: the Camp David accords, the assault on Israel inside the United Nations, and on the Middle East in general. Essential reading for everyone interested in the policymaking arena, these volumes exemplify Kirkpatrick's articulate conceptual underpinning of present-day American foreign policy.

These volumes, far from the usual government position papers, range widely and personally over the major international issues of our times. They are amplified in essays and articles written by Dr. Kirkpatrick for special occasions not related to specific UN work. In addition, the volumes contain crucial papers that were written after her resignation from the UN ambassadorship-and hence reflect Kirkpatrick's current interests and persuasions.

 

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Contents

Delegitimizing Israel
3
An Unrelenting Assault
10
AntiHistory
23
The Dehumanization and Denial
30
The United States and Israel in the United Nations
36
Zionism Racism and the United Nations
45
A Fairness Doctrine for Israel
53
Variations on a Theme
59
The Bay of Pigs Revisited
193
Violence and Deception
208
Seeking Peace in the Falklands
220
A Question of Priorities
234
Aggression in Asia
250
What Happened in Afghanistan?
269
Cambodias Right to SelfDetermination
286
Coping in Africa
301

Golan and Poland
67
in Support of UN Peacekeeping
81
Security Council March 7 1985
94
The United States and the World
99
Why Ortega Opposes Free Elections
116
Security Council March 23 1983
134
Security Council May 9 1983
148
Turning Swords Against the People
163
Pardon Me But Am I That HardLiner the Anonymous Sources
177
Solving the Problem of Namibia
309
Achieving Namibias Independence
322
America and Her Allies
338
Violence and Lies
361
Violating the Norms of Civilized Conduct
374
Economic and Social Policy
385
A Strategy for Global Development
394
Appendix
417
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About the author (1988)

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick (1926-2006) served as President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy advisor during his 1980 campaign and shortly thereafter became the first woman to serve as the United States ambassador to the United Nations. She also served as a member of Reagan's Intelligence Advisory Board, and Defense Policy Review Board. After stepping down from her governmental roles she became a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and resumed her position as professor of government at Georgetown University. She was the recipient of many awards, including the Medal of Freedom, the Hubert H. Humphrey Award of the American Political Science Association, and the Morgenthau Award of the American Council on Foreign Policy.