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Land of Blue HelmetsThe United Nations and the Arab World$
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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001

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The UN, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, and Development in the Arab World

The UN, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, and Development in the Arab World

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(p.389) Eighteen The UN, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, and Development in the Arab World
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Land of Blue Helmets
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Omar Dahi

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286931.003.0019

This chapter examines the development of the United Nations in three different time periods in the postwar era in the Arab world. The first was from the 1950s to the 1970s, which witnessed the rise of the developmental state in several parts of the Arab world and coincided with the rise of the Third World Movement in the Global South, when developing countries came together to demand political and economic reforms as well as nuclear disarmament. The second period spanned the late 1970s to 2010, which witnessed state retrenchment and rising poverty and inequality alongside persistent authoritarianism and increased imperial intervention. The third period is marked by the dawn of the Arab uprisings that swept the Middle East and North Africa region. In each of the three eras a different UN report is referenced: the 1949 “United Nations Economic Survey Mission for the Middle East,” the 2002 Arab Human Development Report, and the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia's Arab Integration report.

Keywords:   development, United Nations, Arab world, developmental state, Third World Movement, nuclear disarmament, poverty, authoritarianism, Arab uprisings

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