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 postCold 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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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
United Nations Peace Operations
3. First Foray to the FieldRelics From the Past4. Cyprus
7. HostagesNew Opportunities8. The Thaw Begins
9. Iraq vs. Iran
12. Western Sahara
13. Central America
14. CambodiaNew Threats
15. Collapsing States
16. Iraq vs. Kuwait
18. Lessons LearntAppendicesI. Acronyms and Abbreviations
II. United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, 19481996
III. Dramatis Personae Maiores
IV. The Peacekeeping Workload, 19861992
V. A Week in the Levant, 1987
What People are Saying About This
Required reading for all who care about the diplomatic and military aspects of modern peacekeeping operations by the United Nations.
James A. Baker, III
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.