The Future of Peacekeeping Operations by the United Nations

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international relations, peacekeeping, United Nations, diplomacy, politics, nationalism


International and Area Studies | International Humanitarian Law | International Law | International Relations | Political Science


Since its conception, the United Nations has been faced with the vexing problem of maintaining international peace and security in an era of rampant nationalism and power politics. Following the breakdown of the World War II alliance between the Western powers and the Soviet Union, it was evident that the provisions for collective security outlined in the Charter under Chapter VIII were not suited for the Cold War. The Organization became a convenient target for the press during its early childhood and there were fears that the UN would die of atrophy. The press labelled the 1947 General Assembly as a "mere debating society which only stirs up trouble" and as "no more than a platform for communist propoganda." The Wall Street Journal insisted that the UN had "degenerated from a useless debating society to a mutual vilification society." The Catholic Herald did everything but bury the international organization, stating that "every honest and realist person knows in his heart that the United Nations is dead."

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Political Science

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