Dean Johnstone Explores the Question "Do International Organizations have Reputations?"

International Organizations Law Review

As a matter of common sense, the answer to the question in the title seems obvious. The United Nations is berated for the failure of its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect civilians, most recently when mass rapes were committed in the East. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s reputation is said to be on the line in Afghanistan, as is the African Union’s in its struggle to bring some stability to Somalia. The social and environmental impact of large dam projects in the 1960s and 1970s hurt the reputation of the World Bank. The International Monetary Fund lost credibility in the financial crises of 1998 and 2008.