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Human history demonstrates an endemic cycle of war and peace: war causing disastrous damage to human lives and peace meaning no more than an absence of war. At the end of the Cold War the world appeared to enter into a new age with the ostensible prospect for lasting peace. The changing political climate has posed new threats to international peace and security such as wide-spread intra-state conflicts, terrorist threats on an unprecedented scale, and the growing inclination towards unilateralism of US hegemony. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which attempts to address issues surrounding the Security Council by casting renewed light on its peacekeeping measures with the focus on Article 40 of the UN Charter as the primary legal basis.

Keywords: peacekeeping measures; Security Council; UN Charter



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