Dean Johnstone Explores the Question "Do International Organizations have Reputations?"
Date: January 1, 2010
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.