Beyond the National Interest : The Future of UN Peacekeeping and Multilateralism in an Era of U.S. Primacy

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In this penetrating scholarly examination, Jean-Marc Coicaud details the major peace operations launched by the leading NATO powers in the 1990s; examines how international democratic solidarity-the bonds of international community that compel nation-states to help victims of internal conflicts and humanitarian disasters in failed and failing states-has been stretched thin in the post-Cold War era; discusses how, and in what regard, the leading Western powers were ill-equipped to handle new threats to international security.

The book concludes with guidelines for more effective realization of international interests among the Western powers and an afterword on the book's lessons applied to Darfur.

About the Author:
Jean-Marc Coicaud, a former senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, is the head of the United Nations University (UNU) office at UN headquarters in New York

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“A thoughtful and wide-ranging survey of the UN’s contribution to peacekeeping and world politics after the Cold War. Jean-Marc Coicaud’s study effectively combines the nuanced perspective of a former UN insider with the philosophic analysis of a disciplined scholar. I recommend it wholeheartedly to both UN practitioners and the students and professors who follow UN affairs.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601270078
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace Press (USIP Press)
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Marc Coicaud, a former senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, is the head of the United Nations University (UNU) office at UN headquarters in New York. Coicaud has been a visiting fellow at Harvard Law School and New York University’s School of Law, and held appointments with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament’s Financial Committee, the Sorbonne, and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris.
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Table of Contents

Foreword   Richard H. Solomon     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Preface     xvii
Introduction: The Paradox of International Solidarity     3
The Extent and Limits of Peace Operations in the 1990s     13
The United Nations and Its Shortcomings as an International Bureaucracy     35
The Structure of International Politics and the Dilemmas of Solidarity     75
Clinton's Foreign Policy and the Quandary of National and International Interests     111
The Bush "Revolution" in U.S. Foreign Policy and the Sidelining of Internationalism     139
Toward the International Rule of Law     169
Afterword     207
Notes     211
Index     263
About the Author     295
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