This book considers the past and present legacies, continuities and change of the United Nations Trusteeship System by assessing consequences and legacies of decolonization in contemporary society, international organizations and international politics. International contributors address the UN Trusteeship System as a venue for multiple state and non- state actors and its effect on the international system. Rather than viewing UN trusteeship as a bygone phenomenon, the volume underscores its current relevance, particularly in view of the recent resurgence of trusteeship models such as in Kosovo and East Timor. Offering a novel and robust, yet simple and intuitive analytical framework through which to understand a broad range of cases related to the Trusteeship System and its impact on the international system, the book places emphasis on the agency of states in the Global South and highlights the importance of multiple actors in global governance. It will be of interest to scholars of international relations theory and history in a variety of fields, ranging from African Politics to Intergovernmental Organizations and Comparative Politics.

chapter 1|12 pages


chapter 2|30 pages

Institutional Design of the UN Trusteeship System

Between Colonial Interests and Anti-Colonial Ambitions 1

chapter 3|24 pages

Decolonization and (the Limits of) UN Agency

The UN Secretariat and the Trusteeship System

chapter 5|19 pages

A Colonial War Under UN Supervision?

The Trusteeship System and the Silenced War in Cameroon

chapter 6|18 pages

Colonial Legacies of Decolonization

The Trust Territory of Somaliland and Italian Behavior toward the Horn of Africa

chapter 7|19 pages

Nuclear Testing on the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

How the US Became an Imperial Power in the Region of Micronesia

chapter 8|18 pages

“Now the UN Has Its First Colony”

Technical Assistance and Informal Trusteeship during the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Congo, 1960

chapter 9|21 pages

Breaking with the Past?

Neo-Trusteeship in the 21st Century

chapter 10|23 pages

Trusteeship as Affective Arrangement

Exploring Affective Practices of an International Bureaucracy