Britain and Un Peacekeeping: 1948-67

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Offers the first comprehensive analysis of Britain's complex relationship with UN peacekeeping operations during two formative decadesCovers all UN operations for which British Government files have so far been declassifiedContemporary relevance of some analysis: e.g. the tension between neutrality and impartiality, the (in)dispensability of the parties' consent to a UN operation, and the use of forceThe book will appear around the sixtieth anniversary of Britain's first planning for post-war international security through the UN (1944) and the fortieth anniversary of Britain's first participation in a UN peacekeeping force (the UN Force in Cyprus, 1964-present)Reveals the cyclical nature of British ideas on peacekeeping, e.g. recurrent, but unimplemented, proposals (from 1958 to the present) to found a UN peacekeeping training college
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Acknowledgements List of Maps Introduction Antecedents and Early UN Observer Missions The Creation of the UN Emergency Force, 1956 Conceptualizing and Delimiting Peacekeeping, 1957-60 The UN Operation in The Congo, 1960-64 Strengthening Peacekeeping, 1961-64 The Creation and Early Operation of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, 1964-67 Promoting and Defending Peacekeeping, 1964-67 Conclusions Notes Bibliography
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Britain was arguably the single greatest catalyst and beneficiary of UN peacekeeping operations during the post-war period. This book analyses the reasons for this, including the post-colonial conflicts which Britain handed the UN and its determination to ensure that peacekeeping evolved in a manner compatible with UK national interests. Despite initial ambivalence about letting the UN run military operations, Britain repeatedly used the organization, to shed colonial responsibilities, save face, share policing burdens, and stabilise conflicts in sensitive regions. This comprehensive survey first examines UK experience with antecedents of UN operations, notably 19th century colonial policing and missions set up under the League of Nations. It then analyses British efforts to influence, contain and exploit individual UN operations, including the Emergency Force established following the Suez Crisis (1956-67), the force in the Congo (1960-64), and the enduring operation in Cyprus (1967-). Also covered are several instances when British Governments preferred to intervene unilaterally, including in Jordan and Kuwait. One of the main contributions of the book is the detailed analysis of internal UK Government and UN files, which the author uses to reconstruct the policy making process. The book also sheds light on the peacekeeping policies of certain other key states, particularly the US and USSR. Finally, the account addresses some issues of contemporary relevance, including the tension between neutrality and impartiality, peacekeeping in a semi-permissive environment, and the use of force.
Autor: N. Briscoe
NEIL BRISCOE is UN Programme Manager in the Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs Department of the UK Department for International Development. For most of the period 1989-99 he worked for the UN Secretariat, first on peacekeeping and Security Council issues and then as a political officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. He has degrees from Cambridge, Yale and Oxford Universities, including a D.Phil in International Relations.

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Autor: N. Briscoe
ISBN-13 :: 9781403914996
ISBN: 1403914990
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.10.2003
Verlag: PALGRAVE
Gewicht: 485g
Seiten: 294
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage 2003
Sonstiges: Buch, 208x144x23 mm
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