26 novembre 2014

OUVRAGE : K. Seaman, UN-Tied Nations: The United Nations, Peacekeeping and Global Governance

Catherine MAIA

With the recent developments in Syria the United Nations is once again making headlines. The failure to reach an agreement on a Security Council resolution demonstrates the continued problems in forging a coherent international response to crisis situations. This lack of coherence continues despite recognition of the need for more cooperation to solve the growing list of global problems. With the relative success of global governance initiatives in relation to the environment, health issues, and economic problems, the focus has increasingly shifted to the problems of international security.

This timely and important book represents a response to that shift and the implications this has for the wider international system. Using a number of relevant case studies (including the UN interventions in Bosnia, Somalia, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and East Timor) it examines the securitisation of global governance through the prism of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations and demonstrates that the development of both global governance and global security governance have transformed the environment in which international organisations, such as the United Nations, are operating. Moreover this book brings together a number of the key academic debates surrounding both global security governance and peacekeeping. It combines an examination of the power relations of global security governance, with the changing nature of peacekeeping operations. By bringing the two areas together the book for the first time bridges existing literatures and debates, from theoretical discussions of global governance, to practical examinations of peacekeeping operations.

UN-Tied Nations provides a concise and analytical introduction to the ongoing debates around the development of global governance, global security governance, and the continuous impact these are having on the ability of the United Nations to act as an international peacekeeper.

List of Abbreviations


The United Nations, Global Governance and Peacekeeping.
Where Does the United Nations Fit?
What is Global Governance?
The Impact of Global Governance on United Nations
Interventions in Violent Conflicts
The development of Peacekeeping
Challenges, Resources, and Political Will
Legitimacy and Power
The United Nations security Council and Global Governance
Power, Influence and Resources in the Security Council
Representation and Legitimacy
The Need for Reform?
Global Governance, democracy and the dangers of state Building
The Globalisation of Local Conflicts and the dangers of state Building
Challenging Sovereignty
The evolving Concept of sovereignty
The Conditionality of sovereignty The end of Consent?
The Responsibility to Protect
Responsibility to Protect and the UN as enforcer of
Global Governance
Co-ordination with other organisations
The End of Legitimate Interventions?
The United Nations and state Creation:
Beyond the original mandate?
Resources and mandates
Military advice


UN-Tied Nations

Kate SEAMAN, UN-Tied Nations: The United Nations, Peacekeeping and Global GovernanceFarnham, Ashgate, 2014 (248 pp.)

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