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Peacekeeping In Perspective

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The policy of prevention and peacekeeping operations grew side by side in the Cold War era, aiming at keeping conflicts outside the sphere of bipolar world politics. This chapter examines the tension between the desire for the robust operation of a collective security mechanism based on the UN Charter and the strong resistance of state sovereignty, which has underlain the development of doctrinal constraints without being subject to critical review upon peacekeeping in its preventive use. Although the systematic analysis of conflict prevention began in response to the request made by the 1992 Summit Meeting of the Security Council, the idea had already been expressed by the term preventive diplomacy in the early years of the UNs history. Consent has been generally seen as a fundamental basis for UN peacekeeping operations.

Keywords: conflict prevention; Security Council; UN peacekeeping



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