Northern Perspectives for Peace and Security Functions of the United Nations

  • Takeo Uchida
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The demise of the cold war has given rise to new opportunities for and challenges to the United Nations’ peace and security functions. How have the implications of the global changes been perceived by the United Nations in recent years? What have been the perceptions and policies of the UN by the member states? What kind of measures have been proposed to strengthen and improve the capacity of the UN to meet the new expectations and tasks demanded by international society? Is the United Nations capable of effectively coping with the conflicts that are on the rise throughout the world? What will be the implication of the notion of state sovereignty — upon which the UN is constructed — and the UN’s intervention in internal conflicts? To what extent can and should the UN employ enforcement measures without compromising its legitimacy among the peoples of the world?


Member State Security Council Liberal Democratic Party International Peace Security Function 
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