by Marrack Goulding

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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.

Product Details

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

About 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.

Table of Contents



1. Beginnings

United Nations Peace Operations

3. First Foray to the FieldRelics From the Past4. Cyprus

5. Lebanon

6. Palestine

7. HostagesNew Opportunities8. The Thaw Begins

9. Iraq vs. Iran

10. Namibia

11. Angola

12. Western Sahara

13. Central America

14. CambodiaNew Threats

15. Collapsing States

16. Iraq vs. Kuwait

17. YugoslaviaEndings

18. Lessons LearntAppendicesI. Acronyms and Abbreviations

II. United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, 1948—1996

III. Dramatis Personae Maiores

IV. The Peacekeeping Workload, 1986—1992

V. A Week in the Levant, 1987

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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

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.

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