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

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Foreword

Jim Sutterlin introduced himself to me in 1985. At that time he was Executive Director of the Executive Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations--effectively the right-hand person to Mr. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar. Earlier he had served for eight years as Director of the Political Affairs Division of the United Nations under Pérez de Cuéllar and the previous Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim. In those capacities he had witnessed both successes and failures in UN efforts to keep or restore the peace, and had developed many ideas about how the office of the Secretary General, along with various other parts of the United Nations system, might be strengthened. He had the experience and the political sense to know it would not be easy. But he also--as few others at that time--had the intellectual vision to see some possibilities, and to reach out to the academic community for advice in shaping that vision.

This was, however, at the height of the Cold War--a time when the UN was not necessarily highly valued by many policymakers, and when most academic scholarship had turned away from global institutions. I myself had not done serious scholarship on the Untied Nations for almost two decades. In coming to academics in general, and to us at Yale in particular, Jim Sutterlin therefore had to prime a pump that was pretty dry. He did so by graciously seeking our advice even though he may not have expected much of immediate value in return, pulling several of us at Yale into his

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • 1 - Old Principles, New Realities 1
  • Notes 9
  • 2 - Preventing Conflict 11
  • Notes 24
  • 3 - Military Force in the Service of Peace: Peacekeeping in Intrastate Conflict 25
  • Notes 45
  • 4 - Repelling Aggression and Enforcing Peace 47
  • Notes 67
  • 5 - Building Peace 71
  • Notes 85
  • 6 - Enhancing Nuclear Security in a Multipolar World 87
  • Notes 92
  • 7 - The Potential of Regional Organizations 93
  • Notes 111
  • 8 - The Secretary-General as Chief Administrative Officer of a United Nations Under Challenge 113
  • Notes 131
  • 9 - The Challenge for Governments and Peoples 133
  • Notes 139
  • Selected Bibliography 141
  • Index 143
  • About the Author 147
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