August 2006 View PDF
"[...]Relations between the United States and the United Nations have never been as strained as they are today. It has become a vexing issue in American foreign policy and a critical challenge to American world leadership.
A set of provocative questions emerge in thinking about U.S.-UN relations. They include the following:
How do U.S.-UN relations fit into the basic mission of the U.S. government to provide for the security of its people? Is there a UN factor in the U.S.'s security equation? What benefits accrue to the United States from its participation in the array of multilateral operations subsumed within the UN system? How should the United States deal with the resentment toward it that exists within the UN system? Can the United States enhance its foreign policy interests without the UN? Can the UN system provide support for U.S. foreign policy? How? These questions and many others provide the context within which the following essays have been prepared by leading practitioners and scholars to constitute a written symposium on U.S.-UN relations."
[excerpt from the Introduction]