Peacemonger

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In 1986, British diplomat Marrack Goulding became the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations in charge of peacekeeping. Since 1978, no new peacekeeping operations had been launched, while existing ones in the Middle East, Cyprus, and Kashmir had stagnated. During the following seven years, however, Goulding presided over sixteen new missions, including highly controversial efforts in Angola, Yugoslavia, and Somalia. Goulding's historic tenure coincided with a dramatic shift in attitude within the UN about ...

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In 1986, British diplomat Marrack Goulding became the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations in charge of peacekeeping. Since 1978, no new peacekeeping operations had been launched, while existing ones in the Middle East, Cyprus, and Kashmir had stagnated. During the following seven years, however, Goulding presided over sixteen new missions, including highly controversial efforts in Angola, Yugoslavia, and Somalia. Goulding's historic tenure coincided with a dramatic shift in attitude within the UN about its role in ending regional conflicts. In Peacemonger, he provides an unprecedented insider's account of the organization's successes and failures in this period.

From the UN's unwieldy bureaucracy and its often uneasy relationship with member states to the individual courage of many of its officials and their frequently unsung achievements, Goulding details the UN's responses to the crises of the post—Cold War world. He offers frank portraits of Javier Perez de Cuellar and Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the two Secretaries-General under whom he worked, and chronicles the internal strife that undermined the UN's efficiency. He also documents the development during his watch of new types of peacekeeping missions that did far more than preside over ongoing and irresolvable conflicts. In Namibia, Cambodia, and Central America, UN peacekeepers facilitated democratic elections and the demobilization of belligerents. Dispassionate, perceptive, and unblinkingly honest, Peacemonger offers vital insights into the UN's most perilous and contentious activity.

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Boutros Boutros-Ghali

A frank insider's account of the UN's successes and failures in keeping the peace worldwide after the Cold War came to an end. This book will enlighten experts and amateurs alike.

James A. Baker

Required reading for all who care about the diplomatic and military aspects of modern peacekeeping operations by the United Nations.

James A. Baker, III

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801878589
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Marrack Goulding is Warden of St. Antony's College at the University of Oxford. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1959 and served in various capacities in Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, the United States, and Angola. From 1986 to 1993, he worked in the United Nations as Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; from 1993 to 1997, he was Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Maps
Introduction
1 Beginnings 3
2 United Nations Peace Operations 12
3 First Foray to the Field 27
Relics From the Past
4 Cyprus 47
5 Lebanon 57
6 Palestine 81
7 Hostages 99
New Opportunities
8 The Thaw Begins 117
9 Iraq vs. Iran 123
10 Namibia 139
11 Angola 176
12 Western Sahara 199
13 Central America 215
14 Cambodia 247
New Threats
15 Collapsing States 269
16 Iraq vs. Kuwait 280
17 Yugoslavia 291
Endings
18 Lessons Learnt 333
Epilogue 345
App. I: Acronyms and Abbreviations 359
App. II United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, 1948-1996 363
App. III Dramatis Personae Maiores 365
App. IV The Peacekeeping Workload, 1986-1992 379
App. V A Week in the Levant, 1987 380
Index 383
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