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The Silence of the UN Security Council: Conflict and Peace Enforcement in the 1990s [Paperback]

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The UN Security Council has increasingly become the focus of attention since it seemingly awoke from its slumber in the closing stages of the Cold War. Those evaluating the performance of the Council have almost invariably focused on examining how successful the Council has been in its attempts at peacekeeping, peace enforcement and enforcement action, as seen in the abundance of literature on the Council's response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, and to conflict in such places as Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Haiti. More recently, the Council's response to situations in Kosovo and Iraq has come under scrutiny, as powerful Council members and their allies chose in each case to bypass the Council and go to war.
Considering that the Council did not take action in response to the majority of major conflicts in the 1990s (and in some cases, did not even discuss them), an evaluation of the Council based solely on what it sets out to accomplish is able to provide but a partial picture of its performance.
Aiming to present a more comprehensive assessment of the Council's performance, this work concerns itself primarily with an overall examination of its response (or lack thereof) to conflict as it occurred throughout the world in the 1990s and up until the present, comparing the level of conflict with the level of Council response. Secondly, it examines the Council's performance in the maintenance and restoration of peace (through peace enforcement) in the select instances in which it did attempt to intervene.

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Studio: European Press Academic Publishing
Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   European Press Academic Publishing
ISBN  8883980263  
ISBN13  9788883980268  

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Highly recommended  Oct 24, 2005
This excellent study fills a major gap in literature on world conflict and the international community's response to conflict. That is, how and why most major conflicts are largely ignored by the international community. The book is based on thorough research and extensive interviews with UN Security Council insiders.
In four chapters: (1) Conflict in the 1990s, (2) The Security Council and Conflict, (3) Peace Enforcement, and (4) The Politics of Peace Enforcement, it methodically and systematically analyses the internal workings of the UN Security Council, and its track record in the post-Cold War world, particularly from the perspective of the somewhat novel strategy of peace enforcement. With a wealth of detailed examples, it demonstrates not only how the international community has failed in its various responses to conflict (where most studies end), but importantly how in numerous cases it has failed even to respond at all. This is a crucial, yet largely unexplored aspect of response to conflict that deserves attention. The book also provides some well-thought recommendations.
At the end of the main text, there are two innovative reference tools that will surely prove very useful to scholars and practitioners of international public policy. One is a tool for measuring and comparing the scale of conflict and the level of response, using two radar graphs. This enables the reader, at a glance, to analyse both the seriousness of a conflict and the appropriateness of the response. This tool is then used to analyse each of the major conflicts of the 1990s. The second tool is a one-line summary of each of the more than 600 Security Council's resolutions adopted in the 1990s arranged according to region and country. This tool reveals many interesting patterns, and will save researchers looking at the Council a lot of work.
I highly recommend this book.

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