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Academic Search Premier*
Multidisciplinary database with many full text items including primary source documents such as speeches.
Business Source Complete
Comprehensive business resource which includes access to country reports and speeches.
Films on Demand
Documentary film resource.
Contains over 1,300 newspapers including the Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.
History Reference Center*
Comprehensive full-text database containing periodicals, books, biographies, documents, photos, maps, and videos, country reports, and primary source documents.
LexisNexis Academic (now Nexis Uni)
Full text coverage of news, business, law, medicine and general reference.
Full text for thousands of general reference magazines and publications and covers a wide-range of subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.
Films on Demand
Documentary film resource.
Videos about the United Nations from Films on Demand:
The UN: It’s More Than You Think (31:09)
This informative program provides an accurate profile of the United Nations—its organization, structure, and purpose. It covers the organization from its history and status as an international zone in New York City, to explanations of its role as mediator between developed and developing nations, which often find themselves politically divided. UN officials offer candid revelations about tensions in the UN Security Council, how the balance of power is maintained between negotiating nations, and the changes brought about by the end of the Cold War. The many ways that satellite agencies such as UNICEF impact today’s global political environment are discussed.
The United Nations: Working for Us All (15:14)
Nearly everyone on the planet knows of the United Nations, but far fewer understand the important functions it performs in our complicated world. Michael Douglas narrates this compelling introduction to the work of the organization. Outlining the UN’s creation and history, and incorporating interviews with Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other prominent leaders, the program illustrates the UN’s widespread efforts in peacekeeping, police training, land mine removal, election monitoring, disaster relief, and health initiatives to combat HIV/AIDS and other epidemics. The roles of UNICEF and other subgroups are also explored.
UN: Last Station Before Hell (56:45)
The United Nations celebrates its 70th anniversary in the fall of 2015. Among other innovations, members of the UN devised the concept of “soldiers for peace.” But can peace be enforced militarily? The original mission of the United Nations was “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” by maintaining peace and security between states. Now that terrorists and internal conflicts strike far more frequently than traditional inter-state wars, what does international security mean? How might the UN succeed in its peacekeeping missions? This film explores these challenging issues through field investigations and interviews with key decision-makers in UN peacekeeping.
The UN Security Council: Keeping the Peace (16:29)
A cornerstone of the United Nations, the Security Council takes on some of the organization’s most difficult duties. This program highlights the Council’s role in preventing conflicts, resolving disputes, and occasionally initiating military action against an aggressor. Beginning in the era of the original “P-5” membership—the U.S., the U.S.S.R., China, France, and Great Britain—the video explores the history of the Council, examining dramatic moments in the Korean conflict, the Cuban missile crisis, the prelude to the invasion of Iraq, and other cases in which members have struggled to balance their own interests with those of the world body.
The Interconnected World: An Inside Look at the IMF and Its Impact (45:04)
Growing affluence in Asia, economic development in Eastern Europe, and new approaches to natural resources in Africa—all are major influences on the global financial landscape and all provide ample demonstrations of the IMF at work. This program guides viewers through the history, mission, and real-world impact of the International Monetary Fund. Topics (all with an IMF focus) include China’s need to boost domestic consumption and build social safety nets for its population; Ghana’s challenges in ensuring that oil revenues benefit the country; and Poland’s adoption of market economy principles as it moves toward economic powerhouse status. A section on the origins, evolution, and future of the IMF is also featured. Interviews with key IMF and academic figures appear throughout the film.
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