The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945

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EditorVaughan Lowe, Adam Roberts, Jennifer Welsh

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This is the first major exploration of the United Nations Security Council's part in addressing the problem of war, both civil and international, since 1945. Both during and after the Cold War the Council has acted in a limited and selective manner, and its work has sometimes resulted infailure. It has not been - and was never equipped to be - the centre of a comprehensive system of collective security. However, it remains the body charged with primary responsibility for international peace and security. It offers unique opportunities for international consultation and militarycollaboration, and for developing legal and normative frameworks. It has played a part in the reduction in the incidence of international war in the period since 1945.This study examines the extent to which the work of the UN Security Council, as it has evolved, has or has not replaced older systems of power politics and practices regarding the use of force. Its starting point is the failure to implement the UN Charter scheme of having combat forces under directUN command. Instead, the Council has advanced the use of international peacekeeping forces; it has authorized coalitions of states to take military action; and it has developed some unanticipated roles such as the establishment of post-conflict transitional administrations, international criminaltribunals, and anti-terrorism committees.The book, bringing together distinguished scholars and practitioners, draws on the methods of the lawyer, the historian, the student of international relations, and the practitioner. It begins with an introductory overview of the Council's evolving roles and responsibilities. It then discussesspecific thematic issues, and through a wide range of case studies examines the scope and limitations of the Council's involvement in war. It offers frank accounts of how belligerents viewed the UN, and how the Council acted and sometimes failed to act. The appendices provide comprehensiveinformation - much of it not previously brought together in this form - of the extraordinary range of the Council's activities. This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

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This is the first major exploration of the United Nations Security Council's part in addressing the problem of war, both civil and international, since 1945. Both during and after the Cold War the Council has acted in a limited and selective manner, and its work has sometimes resulted infailure. It has not been - and was never equipped...

Vaughan Lowe is Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, in the University of Oxford. He also practices in the field of international law as a barrister from Essex Court Chambers, London and has appeared in cases before English and International courts, and sits on international tribunals. Sir...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:816 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Vaughan Lowe, Adam Roberts, Jennifer Welsh and Dominik Zaum: IntroductionPart I: The Framework2. Edward C. Luck: A Council for All Seasons: The Creation of the Security Council and Its Relevance Today3. Christine Gray: The Charter Limitations on the Use of Force: Theory and Practice4. Adam Roberts: Proposals for UN Standing Forces: A Critical HistoryPart II: The Roles of the Security Council5. Nico Krisch: The Great Powers and the Security Council6. Dominik Zaum: The Security Council, the General Assembly, and War: The Uniting for Peace Resolution7. Mats Berdal: The Security Council and Peacekeeping8. David Cortright, George Lopez, and Linda Gerber Stellingwerf: The Sanctions Era: Themes and Trends in UN Security Council Sanctions since 19909. Dan Sarooshi: The Authorization by the Security Council of Regional Arrangements to Use Force: The Case of NATO10. Jeremy Greenstock: The Security Council in the Post-Cold War WorldPart III: Case Studies11. William Stueck: The United Nations, the Security Council, and the Korean War12. Roger Louis: The Suez Crisis and the British Dilemma at the United Nations13. Bruce Jones: The Security Council and the Arab-Israeli Wars: Responsibility without Power14. Rahul Roy-Chaudhury: The Security Council and the India-Pakistan Wars15. Peter Carey with Pat Walsh: The Security Council and the Question of East Timor'16. Charles Tripp: The Security Council and the Iran-Iraq War17. James Cockayne and David Malone: The Security Council and the 1991 and 2003 Iraq Wars18. Susan Woodward: The Security Council and the Wars in the former Yugoslavia19. Rupert Smith: The Security Council and the Bosnia Conflict: A Practitioner's View20. Gilles Dorronsoro: The Security Council and Afghanistan21. Adekeye Adebajo: The Security Council and Three Wars in West Africa22. J.P.D. Dunbabin: The Security Council in the Wings: Exploring the Non-Involvement of the Security Council in WarsPart IV: The Security Council and the Changing Character of War23. Georg Nolte: The Different Functions of the Security Council with Respect to Humanitarian Law24. Jennifer Welsh: The Security Council and Interventions with Humanitarian Purposes25. Richard Caplan: The Security Council and International Administration of War-Torn and Contested Territories26. David Scheffer: The Security Council and International Law on Military Occupations27. Jane Boulden: The Security Council and Terrorism28. Sarah Percy: The Security Council and the Use of Private ForceAppendices1. UN Peacekeeping Operations, 1945 - 20062. UN Forces, Missions, and Institutions not Classified as Peacekeeping Operations, 1945 - 20063. UN-Authorized Military Operations, 1945 - 20064. UN-Authorized Sanctions, 1945 - 20065. Vetoed Security Council Resolutions, 1945 - 20066. Uses of the Uniting for Peace Resolution, 1950 - 20067. List of Armed Conflicts and Crises, 1945 - 2006

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"This substantial, comprehensive, and authoritative volume contains 28 chapters by leading academics, lawyers, and practitioners, plus detailed appendices covering UN resolutions, sanctions, and operations." --Foreign Affairs