Counterterrorism and Nuclear Nonproliferation

Simon Chesterman, Ian Johnstone and David M. Malone

in Law and Practice of the United Nations

Second edition

Published in print May 2016 | ISBN: 9780199399482
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780199399512 | DOI:
Counterterrorism and Nuclear Nonproliferation

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In this chapter terrorism and proliferation are discussed separately. The role of the United Nations in these areas sheds light on broader questions about the future of the Organization in multilateral efforts to address contemporary security challenges. The chapter begins with a review of attempts to define terrorism, the familiar “one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter” challenge. It then moves on to the General Assembly’s counterterrorism strategy adopted in 2006. The following section looks at the instruments the Security Council has brought to bear on terrorism: sanctions and quasi-legislative acts. It then considers military action against terrorism, focusing on the contested doctrine of pre-emption based on an expansive reading of Article 51 of the UN Charter. The second part of the chapter begins with an overview of the nuclear nonproliferation regime, followed by two sections on that regime in action: first against Iraq, then Iran and North Korea.

Keywords: United Nations; security; terrorism; nonproliferation; self-defense; Iraq; Iran; North Korea

Chapter.  13547 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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