Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Re-evaluating the UN

The Human Security Centre has published a report creatively titled War and Peace in the 21st Century. The report contradicts the Bush administration's charges of the UN is obsolete.

In looking at the reasons for the decline of conflicts, [the author, Professor] Mack noted that most of the wars over colonialism ended by the early 1980s and the end of the Cold War ended the tensions between capitalism and communism. But he said the single, most important factor was the liberation of the United Nations.

"With the Security Council no longer paralyzed by Cold War politics, the U.N. spearheaded a veritable explosion of conflict prevention, peacemaking and post-conflict peace-building activities in the early 1990s," the report said.|CNN|
You can download the report here or order a copy from Oxford University Press.

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