The United Nations, Iran, and Iraq: How Peacemaking Changed

The United Nations, Iran, and Iraq: How Peacemaking Changed

by Cameron R. Hume


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The United Nations, Iran, and Iraq: How Peacemaking Changed by Cameron R. Hume

Hume has written a ground-breaking study... his analysis is thoughtful and objective in the best tradiiton of the practitioner scholar." —Choice

... a ground-breaking book written by a rising star of the American diplomatic service who was himself intimately involved in the Beekman Place negotiations... Mr. Hume... guides the reader through the complex diplomacy that surrounded the Iraq-Iran war, showing how the great powers came to recognize that ending the conflict was in their interests." —Paul Lewis, New York Times Book Review

Cameron Hume shows how the problems and perils arising from the war served as timely grist to the mills of the Security Council at the UN... This is something that well deserves to be saved from oblivion." —The Economist

... well-informed... an ably written diplomatic history that will be referred to for years to come by those who want to understand how the United Nations is meant to operate."—Foreign Affairs

This book describes how the member states operate, in good times and bad. And it does so with grace and insight." —Gary Sick, Middle East Journal

... a serious and insightful account of the changing role of the UN in the Iran-Iraq conflict... by an able diplomat who was directly involved." —Shibley Telhami

This insider’s account of the revolutionary changes in the U.N. Security Council... is a major contribution to understanding why the U.N. and the Council are now more effective and more used.... a well-written, important book." —U.S. Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Hume’s authoritative account follows the transformation of the Security Council, since 1985, from a stage for acrimonious public diplomacy into a forum where governments collaborate to settle regional disputes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253328748
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 05/28/1994
Series: Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Book Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

CAMERON R. HUME, a U. S. Foreign Service Officer and former adviser to the U. S. Mission at the United Nations, is Deputy Chief of Mission at the U. S. Embassy to the Holy See. Beginning July 1994, he will become Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, the #1 political affairs post under Madeleine Albright.

Table of Contents


Part One: In the Postwar World
1. A Structure for Diplomacy
2. Setting Out
3. Over the Edge to War
4. Five Years of War
5. The Permanent Members

Part Two: The Turning Point
6. Signs of Change
7. Perez de Cuellar’s Move
8. A Meeting of the Minds
9. Making It Work
10. Peacekeeping or Sanctions

Part Three: A New Era
11. Diplomacy Yields to War
12. From Tragedy to Cease-Fire
13. The Permanent Members Working Together
14. Opening the New Era
15. Into the Future

Documentary Annex
Charter of the United Nations, Chapters VI and VII
Negotiating Texts, 1987 and 1988
Annual Joint Statements of Permanent Members, 1987-1990
Table of Kuwait Resolutions, August-November 1990


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