International Military Forces: The Question of Peacekeeping in an Armed and Disarming World

International Military Forces: The Question of Peacekeeping in an Armed and Disarming World

International Military Forces: The Question of Peacekeeping in an Armed and Disarming World

International Military Forces: The Question of Peacekeeping in an Armed and Disarming World

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In recent years keen interest has been shown in the problem of international military forces. In the process it has not always been clear that there were two distinct meanings of international force. One refers to UN forces in today's armed, conflict-ridden world. The other has to do with international forces as part of schemes for "general and complete disarmament."

Linked by a common vocabulary, these two meanings are nonetheless profoundly different -- as different as the UN Congo force of the early 1960's contrasted with the vision of a hypothetical world army able to enforce the will of the "community" on any nation however strong. This book grew out of the conviction that this question, in both its policy aspects, called for serious analysis.

In the first part of the book I have sought to lay out the problem of UN forces, both today and in a disarming world, as it seems to me to present itself to responsible policy-makers and scholars for improved understanding and new decisions. In doing this I have laid deliberate stress on the highly political nature of the issue rather than on the more technical problems of a primarily military and administrative sort.

My principal concern is with the present soundness and future prospects of Western policy, and if I appear critical of positions supported by my former colleagues in the Department of State it is out of no want of understanding and appreciation for their dedicated service. The proposal advanced in the last chapter of Part One can be charged with many shortcomings, but the only . . .

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