The Iraq Crisis and World Order: Structural, Institutional, and Normative Challenges

Overview

The Iraq war was a multiple assault on the foundations and rules of the existing UN-centered world order. It called into question the adequacy of existing institutions for articulating global norms and enforcing compliance with the demands of the international community. The war was simultaneously a test of the UN's willingness and ability to deal with brutal dictatorships and a searching scrutiny of the nature and exercise of American power.

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Overview

The Iraq war was a multiple assault on the foundations and rules of the existing UN-centered world order. It called into question the adequacy of existing institutions for articulating global norms and enforcing compliance with the demands of the international community. The war was simultaneously a test of the UN's willingness and ability to deal with brutal dictatorships and a searching scrutiny of the nature and exercise of American power.

The UN Security Council is the core of the international law enforcement system and the principal vehicle for pursuit of multilateral goals. The United States' emergence as sole superpower after the cold war distorted the structural balance in the UN schema. The United States has global power; the United Nations is the fount of international authority. Progress toward a world of a rules-based, civilized international order requires that U.S. force be put to the service of lawful international authority. This book examines these major normative and structural challenges from a number of different perspectives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811285
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 660
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramesh Thakur is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He previously served as senior vice-rector of the United Nations University and assistant secretary general of the United Nations. Waheguru Pal Singh Sidhu is a faculty member at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Part I: Framing the issues
1. Iraq's challenge to world order
2. Lines in the sand: The United Nations in Iraq, 1980-2001
Part II: Structural and normative challenges
3. The unipolar concert: Unipolarity and multilateralism in the age of globalization
4. International peace and security and state sovereignty: Contesting norms and norm entrepreneurs
5. The world says no: The global movement against the war in Iraq
Part III: Perspectives from within the region
6. Iraq and world order: A Lebanese perspective
7. Iraq and world order: A Turkish perspective
8. Iran's assessment of the Iraq crisis and the post-9/11 international order
9. The Iraq crisis and world order: An Israeli perspective
10. Egypt and the Iraq war
11. Reactions in the Muslim world to the Iraq conflict
Part IV: External actor perspectives
12. The United States and the United Nations in light of wars on terrorism and Iraq
13. Baghdad to Baghdad: The United Kingdom's odyssey
14. Explaining France's opposition to the war against Iraq
15. Iraq and world order: A Russian perspective
16. Iraq and world order: A German perspective
17. Avoiding a strategic failure in the aftermath of the Iraq war: Partnership in peacebuilding
18. Iraq and world order: A Latin American perspective
19. Iraq and world order: A Pakistani perspective
20. Iraq and world order: A perspective on NATO's relevance
21. The Iraq crisis and world order: A perspective from the European Union
22. Quicksand? The United Nations in Iraq, 2001-2005
Part V: International legal and doctrinal issues
23. The war in Iraq as illegal and illegitimate
24. Legitimacy as an assessment of existing legal standards: The case of the 2003 Iraq war
25. The multinational action in Iraq and international law
26. Iraq and the social logic of international security
27. Justifying the Iraq war as a humanitarian intervention: The cure is worse than the disease
28. The responsibility to protect and the war on Saddam Hussein
29. Posw-war relations between occupying powers and the United Nations
30. "Common enemies": The United States, Israel and the world crisis
Part VI: Conclusion
31. Structural and normative challenges
Index
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