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The UN's role in historical context: impact of structural tensions and thresholds

Eşref Aksu

in The United Nations, Intra-state Peacekeeping and Normative Change

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780719067488
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700525 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067488.003.0003
The UN's role in historical context: impact of structural tensions and thresholds

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This chapter examines the history and evolution of the United Nations' (UN) response to intra-state conflicts after World War 2. It identifies the most significant ‘material’ and ‘ideational’ configurations that evolved in connection with the UN as an institution and impacted on the behaviour of and prescriptions for the UN as an actor in peacekeeping environments. This chapter describes how the Cold War and the North-South confrontation manifested themselves as part of the structural evolution of the international system, which both constrained and facilitated the relationship between international actors and the UN.

Keywords: United Nations; intra-state conflicts; World War 2; peacekeeping environments; Cold War; North-South confrontation

Chapter.  15762 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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