To Unite Our Strength: Enhancing the United Nations Peace and Security System

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In the 1990s the UN's potential has been reborn. Now the world must find ways to incorporate elements of that success into the UN system. No single reform or even expansion of UN military power can achieve the necessary changes; rather a series of political and military innovations are needed soon to develop a UN peace and security system. The authors make specific recommendations in the areas of the Security Council, the Military Staff Committee, the Secretary General and the Secretariat, operational elements, ...

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Overview

In the 1990s the UN's potential has been reborn. Now the world must find ways to incorporate elements of that success into the UN system. No single reform or even expansion of UN military power can achieve the necessary changes; rather a series of political and military innovations are needed soon to develop a UN peace and security system. The authors make specific recommendations in the areas of the Security Council, the Military Staff Committee, the Secretary General and the Secretariat, operational elements, regional security arrangements, and financial resources. Co-published with the International Economic Studies Institute.

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs
...a succinct and accurate summary....an imaginative and important contribution to the current debate.
American Bar Association National Security Law Report
...the book is well written, and most timely in suggesting a comprehensive system which could be politically feasible, militarily effective, and financially affordable.
International Affairs
...commendably detailed and comprehensive. Those who believe that the United Nations needs to be strengthened do not always address the practical aspects of the questions. This valuable and timely book, is therefore, especially welcome.
Perspective
The best exploration of how to implement the military provisions of Chapter VII of the Charter I have seen.
— Geoffrey A.H. Pearson, former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament
International Affairs - Louis Sohn
It couldn't have been published at a more opportune time.
Perspective - Robert S. McNamara
The authors have had extensive international security experience. Their proposals, which draw on that experience, deserve serious consideration both at the United Nations and in world capitals.
Perspective - Geoffrey A.H. Pearson
The best exploration of how to implement the military provisions of Chapter VII of the Charter I have seen.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819188656
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Vice Admiral John M. Lee, an Annapolis graduate, retired from the U.S. Navy after 42 years of service. Professor Robert von Pagenhardt received his BA, MA and PhD from Stanford University. Dr. Timothy W. Stanley received his BA from Yale and LLB and PhD from Harvard and served in the U.S. Army during the World War II and Korean emergencies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Overview 1
I The United Nations In A New Era 11
A Perspective
Adapting the Security Council
Obstacles to Change
Is the UN Willing to Change?
Will Countries Adapt?
II Military Forces for UN Operations 33
Requirements for Force
Providing and Directing Force
The UN Legion
National Forces
III Reforming United Nations Machinery 53
The Security Council
The Peace Management Committee
The Military Staff Committee
The Secretariat
The UN Military Staff
Regional Organizations
IV Lessons from the Past 67
Part I: The UN Experience
Part II: Other Multinational Lessons
Part III: Starting-Up the UN Legion
V The System At Work: Applying the Proposed Model: Yugoslavia 101
Anticipation
Execution
Case 1: Watching Brief
Case 2: Mediation and Peacekeeping
Case 3: Humanitarian Protection
Case 4: Security Enforcement
Case 5: Hostilities
VI Financing UN Forces 111
The UN's Financial Crisis
Costs of the Peace and Security System
What Is To Be Done?
VII Summary of Recommendations 123
Appendix 137
Notes 149
Selected Bibliography 161
About the Authors 165
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