UN Peacekeeping in the Post-Cold War World



In Chapter 1 it was noted that since the end of the Second World War international conflict has shifted away from interstate war so that now most international conflict can be categorized as intra-state. It was pointed out that the UN Charter focused on the prevention of inter-state conflict. The postwar shift was not foreseen by the Charter writers, and the UN was largely unprepared to deal with the complexity and deep-rooted character of the type of conflict that emerged. This type of conflict, particularly when it is confined within the borders of one state, does not fall easily within the compass of the Charter’s Articles. In addition, and as was discussed earlier, the Cold War made the Security Council incapable of dealing with most conflicts in any truly effective manner.


Security Council International Peace Structural Violence Civilian Police Ceasefire Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Peace Research CentreThe Australian National UniversityAustralia

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