• About Thomas G. Weiss

    Thomas G. Weiss is the Presidential Professor of Political Science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. Weiss and Dan Plesch edited "Wartime Origins and the Future United Nations," published in 2015 by Routledge: London.

    Revisiting the 1942-1945 United Nations

    by  • June 9, 2015 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    E.R. Stettinus, chairman of the United States delegation, and Nelson Rockefeller, US assistant secretary of state, at the San Francisco conference, held in 1945. UN PHOTO

    The 70th anniversary of the signing and entry into force of the United Nations Charter should draw attention to the 1942-45 United Nations Alliance that gave rise to the world body and the underpinnings of contemporary global governance. While anniversaries are in some ways an artificial “hook,” they are nonetheless a way not to forget....

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    The Business and Politics of Good Samaritans

    by  • March 30, 2013 • Humanitarian Aid, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan

    “Humanitarian” and “business” are juxtaposed in the title of my new book, “Humanitarian Business,” for two reasons: provocation and accuracy. It jars those who idealize the humanitarian enterprise because the adjective has uncontested positive connotations while the noun is associated with wheeling and dealing and thus at odds with the self-image of true believers....

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    An American in Europe: The UN, Who Cares?

    by  • February 12, 2013 • Development, US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    The metro in Cologne, Germany

    BRUSSELS — George Gershwin certainly would not have been inspired to write a symphonic tone poem about an American academic on sabbatical attempting to interpret European reactions to the United Nations. Ten years ago, Robert Kagan wrote that “Americans are from Mars and Europeans from Venus.” Perhaps, but not regarding the UN. After years...

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