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United Nations Reform and the New Collective Security


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  • Page extent: 450 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.83 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521515436)

In 2004, the Report of the Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change emphasised the linkages between economic development, security and human rights, and the imperative in the twenty-first century of collective action and cooperation between States. In a world deeply divided by differences of power, wealth, culture and ideology, central questions today in international law and organisation are whether reaffirmation of the concept of collective security and a workable consensus on the means of its realisation are possible. In addressing these questions, this book considers the three key documents in the recent UN reform process: the High-Level Panel report, the Secretary-General's In Larger Freedom report and the 2005 World Summit Outcome document. The chapters examine the responsibilities, commitments, strategies and institutions necessary for collective security to function both in practice and as a normative ideal in international law and relations between state and non-state actors alike.

• Comprehensive and critical discussion of the theoretical and practical implications of key documents in the recent UN reform process for contemporary conceptions of collective security • Cross-disciplinary analysis of collective security addresses all the major issues in current collective security and UN reform debates and developments • Brings together an experienced group of scholars and practitioners from Europe and the United States, giving readers the benefit of theoretical and practical studies from a range of multi-disciplinary perspectives


Introduction: the new collective security Peter G. Danchin and Horst Fischer; Part I. Law and Politics in United Nations Reform: 1. Things fall apart: the concept of collective security in international law Peter G. Danchin; 2. Reflections on the politics of institutional reform Jan Klabbers; 3. Great powers then and now: security council reform and responses to threats to peace and security Lauri Mälksoo; Part II. Defining 'Threats' to Collective Security: 4. Assessing the high-level panel report: rethinking the causes and consequences of threats to collective security Maxwell O. Chibundu; 5. Collective security and the responsibility to protect George Andreopoulos; 6. Responses to non-military threats: environment, disease and technology Joachim Wolf; Part III. Prevention and Responses: 7. On the far side of conflict: the UN Peacebuilding Commission as optical illusion Dirk Salomons; 8. The new peacebuilding architecture: an institutional innovation of the United Nations Ejeviome Oloho Otobo; 9. The world summit process and UN sanctions reform: between rhetoric and force Jeremy Farrall; 10. The UN response to the evolving threat of global terrorism: institutional reform, rivalry, or renewal? Eric Rosand; 11. International justice and collective security: between pragmatism and principle Carmen Márquez Carrasco; Part IV. Perspectives on the Ground: 12. Developing security in the eastern DRC: MONUC as a practical example of (failing) collective security Dennis Dijkzeul; 13. Indirect power: a critical look at civil society in the new human rights council Elizabeth Salmón; 14. Collective security: a village eye-view J. Paul Martin and Benedicto Q. Sánchez.


'… [this] book is informative and well worth reading. The topics chosen reflect an interdisciplinary approach that highlights the current challenges to the international community from both a theoretical and a result-oriented perspective.' The International Spectator


Peter G. Danchin, Horst Fischer, Jan Klabbers, Lauri Mälksoo, Maxwell O. Chibundu, George Andreopoulos, Joachim Wolf, Dirk Salomons, Ejeviome Oloho Otobo, Jeremy Farrall, Eric Rosand, Carmen Márquez Carrasco, Dennis Dijkzeul, Elizabeth Salmón, J. Paul Martin, Benedicto Q. Sánchez

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