The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945

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This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This substantial, comprehensive, and authoritative volume contains 28 chapters by leading academics, lawyers, and practitioners, plus detailed appendices covering UN resolutions, sanctions, and operations."—Foreign Affairs

"A magnificent achievement...this book will stand out as an indispensable tool in the vast literature on the UN Security Council, set apart by the quality of its research, the wealth of extensive and carefully researched data it contains, as well as the diversity of viewpoints it offers."—Survival

"A useful reference work that supplements smaller studies...Summing Up: Recommended."—CHOICE

"This excellent edited collection...consistently high standard we should not forget that for better or worse the UN can only work well when its Great Powers work together. Analysts and policy-makers alike would be better prepared to bring this about if they read this important new book."—International Affairs

"A definitive interdisciplinary work on an important subject...The depth of knowledge and experience provides fascinating and essential reading for anyone interested in the area of international peace and security, regardless of their disciplinary background and whether practitioner or academic."—International and Comparative Law Quarterly

"An essential work, full of astute observations. Set apart by the wealth of ideas and diversity of viewpoints, this edited collection provides a seminal and well-balanced account of the Security Council's dealing with war since 1945."—German Yearbook of International Law

"An incredible achievement, magisterial and definitive. This is an essential work on anyone's bookshelf."—Professor Lawrence Freedman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199583300
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/6/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 816
  • Sales rank: 1,488,006
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Vaughan Lowe is Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, in the Oxford University. He also practices in the field of international law as a barrister from Essex Court Chambers, London and has appeared in cases before English and International courts, and sits on international tribunals.

Sir Adam Roberts was Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, and a Fellow of Balliol College, from 1986 to 2007. His books include (ed. with Benedict Kingsbury), United Nations, Divided World: The UN's Roles in International Relations, 2nd edn. (OUP 1993), and (ed. with Richard Guelff), Documents on the Laws of War, 3rd edn. (OUP 2000).

Jennifer Welsh is Professor in International Relations at Oxford University and a Fellow of Somerville College. She is the author, most recently, of At Home In The World: Canada's Global Vision For The 21st Century, and editor of Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (OUP 2003). She was recently named a Trudeau Fellow, and is currently on a Leverhulme research grant working on a project on 'sovereignty as responsibility'.

Dominik Zaum is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading, and author of The Sovereignty Paradox: The Norms and Politics of International Statebuilding (OUP 2007).

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms xi

List of Contributors xvii

1 Introduction: The Editors 1

Part I The Framework

2 A Council for All Seasons: The Creation of the Security Council and Its Relevance Today Edward C. Luck 61

3 The Charter Limitations on the Use of Force: Theory and Practice Christine Gray 86

4 Proposals for UN Standing Forces: A Critical History Adam Roberts 99

Part II The Roles of the Security Council

5 The Security Council and the Great Powers Nico Krisch 133

6 The Security Council, the General Assembly, and War: The Uniting for Peace Resolution Dominik Zaum 154

7 The Security Council and Peacekeeping Mats Berdal 175

8 The Sanctions Era: Themes and Trends in UN Security Council Sanctions since 1990 David Cortright George A. Lopez Linda Gerber-Stellingwerf 205

9 The Security Council's Authorization of Regional Arrangements to Use Force: The Case of NATO Dan Sarooshi 226

10 The Security Council in the Post-Cold War World Jeremy Greenstock 248

Part III Case Studies

11 The United Nations, the Security Council, and the Korean War William Stueck 265

12 The Suez Crisis and the British Dilemma at the United Nations Wm. Roger Louis 280

13 The Security Council and the Arab-Israeli Wars: 'Responsibility without Power' Bruce D. Jones 298

14 The Security Council and the India-Pakistan Wars Rahul Roy-Chaudhury 324

15 The Security Council and East Timor Peter Carey Pat Walsh 346

16 The Security Council and the Iran-Iraq War Charles Tripp 368

17 The Security Council and the 1991 and 2003 Wars in Iraq James Cockayne David M. Malone 384

18 The Security Council and the Wars in the Former Yugoslavia Susan L. Woodward 406

19 The Security Council and the Bosnian Conflict: A Practitioner's View Rupert Smith 442

20 The Security Council and the Afghan Conflict Gilles Dorronsoro 452

21 The Security Council and Three Wars in West Africa Adekeye Adebajo 466

22 The Security Council in the Wings: Exploring the Security Council's Non-involvement in Wars J. P. D. Dunbabin 494

Part IV The Security Council and the Changing Character of War

23 The Different Functions of the Security Council with Respect to Humanitarian Law Georg Nolte 519

24 The Security Council and Humanitarian Intervention Jennifer M. Welsh 535

25 The Security Council and the Administration of War-torn and Contested Territories Richard Caplan 563

26 The Security Council and International Law on Military Occupations David Scheffer 580

27 The Security Council and Terrorism Jane Boulden 608

28 The Security Council and the Use of Private Force Sarah V. Percy 624


1 UN Peacekeeping Operations, 1945-2006 643

2 UN Missions, Institutions, and Forces not Classified as Peacekeeping Operations, 1945-2006 663

3 UN-Authorized Military Operations, 1945-2006 672

4 UN-Authorized Sanctions, 1945-2006 678

5 Vetoed Resolutions in the UN Security Council, 1945-2006 688

6 Uses of the Uniting for Peace Resolution, 1950-2006 706

7 List of Armed Conflicts and Crises, 1945-2006 709

Index 745

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