The United Nations and the Mediation of International Disputes



Only a few years ago it seemed that the widespread euphoria which greeted the end of the Cold War and the demise of communism was going to invigorate the UN system and enhance its role in executing its central function; that of maintaining international peace and security and dealing with threats to peace. Initial success in ending the fighting between Iran and Iraq, and facilitating the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan, created an optimistic perception about the continuing and increasing relevance of the United Nations in meeting the challenge of creating order in an anarchic system of states, all of whom still jealously guard their sovereignty and freedom of action.


International Community Armed Conflict Conflict Management Conflict Situation International Conflict 
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