Blue Geopolitics

Blue Geopolitics : United Nations Reform and the Future of the Blue Helmets

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Since the formation of the United Nations in 1945 the world has changed dramatically. The intention of the original signatories was to protect future generations from the scourge of war, to reaffirm the faith in human rights and the dignity of the individual and to promote social progress. How has the UN matched up to these expectations? Is there a good argument that now, in the 1990s, the UN should undergo radical reform? This book examines areas of potential reform where there is greatest disagreement: a new approach to peace keeping, a stronger Security Council, the development of a preventative capacity and the linking of disarmament and demilitarisation to the coercive capacity of the UN. It concludes that the UN does indeed require a major overhaul. In the 21st century we will need an organisation freed from the historic bonds of its origins and if such a UN is to exist it must justify itself by contemporary needs, not those of 1945. "Blue Geopolitics" provides an introduction to the workings of the United Nations, covering all the major issues currently under question.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 135 x 216mm | 271g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English ed.
  • tables, figures
  • 0745310311
  • 9780745310312

Table of contents

Part 1 The UN - overdue reform: defining the frame of action; other proposals for change; reinforcing the UN's finances; proposals. Part 2 Enlarging the Security Council: proposals. Part 3 Conflict Prevention: early warning centres; verification centres; the United Nations and conflict prevention; proposals. Part 4 Humanitarian interventionism: protecting refugees; proposals. Part 5 The peace-keeping forces: the position of the United States; present and future of the PKOs; blue geopolitics; the finances of peace-keeping operations; proposals. Part 6 The use of force by the United Nations: proposals. Part 7 Europe and collective security: the threats to European security; documents of the CSCE - a treasure of goodwill; conflict prevention in Europe; adaptability of NATO and marginalisation of the CSCE; the CSCE and the peace-keeping forces; the CSCE and European disarmament; proposals.
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About Vicenc Fisas

Vicenas Fisas is a disarmament researcher at the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and defence researcher for the Peace Research Centre in Madrid. He is a member of the Saragossa Peace Research Seminar and a political analyst for Medecins Sans Frontieres. Fisas is the author of twenty books on peace, disarmament and conflict and was awarded the National Prize for Human Rights in 1988."
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