Searching for Partners: Regional Organizations and Peace Operations
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Indeed, peacekeeping emerged in the post-Cold War period as the most prominent U.N. activity. The organization was freed of the shackles placed upon it by superpower rivalry that heretofore had rendered U.N. machinery inoperative in coping with local crises and was suddenly becoming the center of international efforts to deal with unresolved problems of the past decades as well as the array of present and future issues. Between 1988 and 1993, more than a dozen new peacekeeping operations were launched, involving more than 70,000 military and civilian personnel for field operations, at an annual cost to the United Nations in excess of 3 billion Why this sudden explosion of U.N. peacekeeping activity Relaxation of Cold War restraints was partially responsible, but it coincided with a sea change in attitudes toward the nation-state. The norms governing intervention have evolved, as Barry B Blechman put it. Governments have come under increasing scrutiny and criticism for failure to adhere to a growing body of international standards in areas formerly considered purely internal matters, for instance, human rights and political freedom.
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