Peace Enforcement

Michael Pugh

in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199560103
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Peace Enforcement

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This article examines the use of military force to back up Security Council decisions. It starts with an analysis of the elastic definitions related to the topic and provides a concise survey of the key cases after the renaissance of the UN in the 1990s. It documents the extent to which subcontracting to major powers and regional organizations was the only feasible way to project military force to support international decisions. The article further contests the notion that there has been a significant change in the underlying determinants of UN enforcement. This article also shows that UN peace operations are remarkably cheap.

Keywords: military force; Security Council; decisions; key cases; major powers; determinants; UN enforcement; peace operations

Article.  7916 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; International Relations

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