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Power and Change: The Evolution of United Nations Complex Peace Operations

Simon Chesterman

in You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199263486
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263485.003.0003
Power and Change: The Evolution of United Nations Complex Peace Operations

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Considers the evolution of Council practice in the area of transitional administration. As in much of the Council's work, practice has led theory , with some members of the Council and the wider UN community apparently allergic to the development of doctrine. The chapter also provides a brief account of the various operations that have taken place under the auspices of the Council and of other bodies since the Second World War. Analysis of these operations tends to be chronological or organized by the scope of powers assumed by the international presence. In keeping with the call for political clarity in such operations, this book takes a thematic approach, addressing five distinct political purposes for which a transitional administration (or comparable mission) has been established.

Keywords: Afghanistan; Iraq; peacekeeping; Security Council; United Nations

Chapter.  20845 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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