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6 Challenges for the International Community

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State failure creates several humanitarian and legal challenges for the international system. The Security Council and, to a lesser degree, the General Assembly have put forth comprehensive resolutions of conflict prevention and peacekeeping, notwithstanding the fact that there is not always political will throughout the international community to commit to peacekeeping operations and humanitarian assistance. International humanitarian law is relevant to UN peacekeeping missions given that they are often deployed in post-conflict situations or in violent situations where conflict could resume. The notion of military intervention with a transformative purpose must be considered by the international community if it is going to have some form of shared sovereignty in managing the daily internal affairs of a failing state. There is a need for the international community to apply more attention to the structural competencies of troubled states prior to their emergence as failing or failed states.

Keywords: General Assembly; international community; International humanitarian law(IHL); Security Council; sovereignty; state failure; UN peacekeeping



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