This is the first introduction to the United Nation's activities during the Cold War period. It combines a history of the UN with a broader account of east-west diplomacy during the Cold War and after. Norrie MacQueen begins by looking at the formation, structure and functions of the UN. Then, within a chronological framework, he assesses its contribution to international security from the emergence of the UN's peacekeeping role in 1945-56 right through to UN operations in the 1990s in Angola, Somalia and Bosnia.
Preface to the Second Edition
UN Operations Established 1948-1995
Part One: Analysis
1 The ‘Failure’ of the League of Nations and the Beginnings of the UN
2 The United Nations and the Dilemmas of Collective Security
3 The (Re)Discovery of Peacekeeping
4 Cold War Peacekeeping Conceptualized
5 The Peacekeeping Model Challenged: from the Congo to Cyprus
6 Superpower Détente and Peace Operations in the Middle East
7 The ‘Second’ Cold War: Peace Suspended?
8 The End of the Cold War
9 Peace Operations and the Cold War: a Balance Sheet
Part Two: Documents
1 The International Force for the Saar: report of the League of Nations Council sub-committee, 12 December 1934.
2 The Covenant of the League of Nations and collective security.
3 From the Atlantic Charter, August 1941.
4 International security and the United Nations Charter.
5 The Soviet Union and the veto: from Andrei Gromyko, Memories (1989).
6 The Unified Command in Korea: US State Department memo, 13 September 1950.
7 The General Assembly Uniting for Peace resolution, 3 November 1950.
8 Inter-war precursors of UN peace operations.
9 Secretary General Trygvie Lie on the Palestine Truce Supervision Organization and the assassination of Count Bernadotte: from In the Cause of Peace (1954).
10 Lester Pearson and the United Nations Emergency Force: from Mike: the Memoirs of the Right Honourable Lester B. Pearson (1973).
11 U Thant and the withdrawal of UNEF: from View from the UN (1978).
12 Dag Hammarskjöld’s ‘Summary Study’ of Peacekeeping the light of the Suez experience, October 1958.
13 Three Security Council Resolutions on the Congo operation.
14 Exchange of letters between Congo prime minister Patrice Lumumba and secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld, August 1960.
15 Khrushchev and the ‘troika’ proposal: address to the General Assembly, 23 September 1960.
16 Conor Cruise O’Brien and the Katanga question: from To Katanga and Back (1963).
17 Hammarskjöld and the pressures of office: from Markings (1964).
18 Forming the Cyprus Force: letter from Irish External Affairs Minister Frank Aiken to secretary general U Thant, 13 March 1964.
19 The financing of peace operations: the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice, 20 July 1962.
20 Détente and the Middle East – the American perspective: from Henry Kissinger, Years of Upheaval (1982).
21 Détente and the Middle East – the Soviet perspective: from Anatoly Dobrynin, In Confidence: Moscow’s Ambassador to America’s Six Cold War Presidents (1995).
22 Secretary general Kurt Waldheim on the Lebanon force: fromIn the Eye of the Storm (1985).
23 US-UN relations and the end of the operation in Somalia: from Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Unvanquished (1999).
24 Operation Desert Storm: Security Council Resolution 678, 29 November 1990.
25 Secretary general Boutros-Ghali’s proposal for peace enforcement units: from An Agenda for Peace (1992).
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