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Humanitarian Intervention and the United Nations

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This title explores the evolution of military action by the United Nations. It traces the UN's actions from the 'brushfire' peacekeeping of the cold war years to its engagement with the present globalised, yet fractured, world order.
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Does humanitarian intervention 'work'? Could it work better if approached differently? Or should we just, in the words of one critic, 'give war a chance'? Since the end of the Cold War and the subsequent surge in civil and international conflicts, the UN has been faced by an ever-increasing set of demands on its military capacity. This book traces the evolution of its armed humanitarian intervention from the grand ambitions for forceful collective security through the 'brushfire' peacekeeping of the cold war years to its engagement with the present globalised yet fractured world order. Key Features Presents a concise analytical overview of the theoretical, moral and practical issues Explores the general setting of contemporary humanitarian intervention Assesses the actual record of post-Cold War humanitarian intervention on a region-by-region basis, from the Balkans to Africa and Southeast Asia Compiles a balance sheet of success and failure in the UN's efforts and confronts hard questions about their short and long-term value
Norrie MacQueen teaches International Relations at the University of Dundee in Scotland and has previously worked in various parts of the world, including Africa and the South Pacific. He has published widely on the United Nations, peacekeeping and the politics and international relations of the global South.
United Nations Military Interventions since 1948; Abbreviations and Acronyms; 1. Evolution: Intervention and Humanitarianism from Collective Security to Peacekeeping; 2:.After the Cold War: a New World Order?; 3. Sovereignty and Community: a "Responsibility to Protect"?; 4. Africa: Post-Colonial Intervention amidst Fragile Statehood; 5. Humanitarian Intervention and Coercive Action: the Balkans; 6. A Model Intervention? The Birth of Timor Leste; 7. Is it Worth it? Success and Failure in UN Intervention; Notes and References; Suggested Further Reading.
MacQueen's comprehensive analysis of UN military operations with humanitarian dimensions makes the case why the United Nations is the worst possible option for intervention, apart from all the others. A rare combination of rigorous history, in-depth analysis, and engaging prose. -- Prof. Thomas G. Weiss, The CUNY Graduate Center MacQueen's comprehensive analysis of UN military operations with humanitarian dimensions makes the case why the United Nations is the worst possible option for intervention, apart from all the others. A rare combination of rigorous history, in-depth analysis, and engaging prose.
Author
Norrie Macqueen
Pages
256
Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Year
2011
ISBN-10
0748636978
ISBN-13
9780748636976
Format
Paperback
Media
Book
Imprint
Edinburgh University Press
Place of Publication
Edinburgh
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
DEWEY
327.117
Illustrations
9 maps
Short Title
HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION & TH
Language
English
Residence
US
Birth
1950
Publication Date
2011-03-01
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