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A critical analysis of the difficulties faced by international organisations within the context of the role of the United Nations

Kgothatso Brucely Shai, Nduduzo Langa, Tumelo Egnecious Maphoto, Chuene Cedric Ngoepe, Makhura Benjamin Rapanyane, Khuliso Ravhutulu
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 7, No 1 | a263 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v7i1.263 | © 2019 Kgothatso Brucely Shai, Nduduzo Langa, Tumelo Egnecious Maphoto, Chuene Cedric Ngoepe, Makhura Benjamin Rapanyane, Khuliso Ravhutulu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 February 2019 | Published: 18 July 2019

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Kgothatso Brucely Shai, Department of Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Nduduzo Langa, Department of Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Tumelo Egnecious Maphoto, Department of Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Chuene Cedric Ngoepe, Department of Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Makhura Benjamin Rapanyane, Department of Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Khuliso Ravhutulu, Department of Cultural and Political Studies, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: Dr C. Archer has made serious theoretical and practical contributions to the understanding of the evolving scholarly and policy discourse on international organisations.

Aim: This article critically analyse a selection of major and common difficulties faced by international organisations.

Setting: Based on historical sensibility, this article heavily employs the United Nations as a test case to gain a crispy understanding of the difficulties faced by international organisations.

Methods: This article was based on the study of secondary sources and critical discourse analysis. Data drawn from the emerging discourse were analysed thematically.

Results: It has been established that the multifaceted nature of the difficulties faced by international organisations can best be understood when located within a historical context.

Conclusion: There is no gainsaying that inasmuch as Archer’s study is not extensively cited by scholars, it remains a principal reference source for practitioners of the United Nations and other international organisations. The value for this article largely lies in its scholarly contribution, especially because of late the activities of international organisations have come under serious scrutiny within the diplomatic and academic circles.


Keywords

Archer; difficulties; international organisations; international system; United Nations.

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