The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Security: A Challenge to Be Met

The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Security: A Challenge to Be Met

The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Security: A Challenge to Be Met

The United Nations and the Maintenance of International Security: A Challenge to Be Met

Synopsis

Sutterlin gives an insider's assessment of how the United Nations can meet the new challenges of the post-Cold War era. Preventive diplomacy, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and peace-building are all examined, along with other means of maintaining peace.

Excerpt

For millennia humans have sought formulas for the maintenance of their security and the peaceful settlement of their conflicts. Each historic era has witnessed the emergence of new ideas--or the reemergence of old--in the hope that the mistakes of the past would not be repeated. With the end of the Cold War the world has entered again such a period of questioning and exploration.

A new paradigm

The paradigm of international relations has changed so significantly that it is fair to say that a new era has begun, one that offers hope, but no certainty, that the failed dreams of the past can be realized. a rare and still fragile unanimity has become evident: that this new era demands a multi- lateral approach to the resolution of its problems, some inherited from the past, some born in the chaos of adjustment to new conditions of wider freedom, of hatreds reborn, and of growing challenges to the habitat required for human security.

The United Nations has come to the fore as the instrument of choice to bring peace and productive change. With its new prominence has come proof of enhanced effectiveness and unprecedented responsibilities, along . . .

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