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Collective Security

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It was the First World War, in particular, which shattered the trust in the viability of the balance-of-power concept, and gave fresh impetus to those movements which advocated an alternative security concept. An evaluation of the UN system of collective security comes to an ambiguous conclusion: on the one hand the system of the United Nations has a markedly clearer profile than that of the League of Nations. It contains a general prohibition of the use of force, the centralization of the decision-making structures in the Security Council, and the universality of the member states. On the other hand the history of the United Nations so far has shown that there still exist deficits in the system, and difficulties in its practical implementation.

Keywords: balance-of-power concept; collective security; League of Nations; Security Council



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