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African Regional Organizations, Peace Operations and the UN: Legitimacy and Disengagement
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation. Göteborgs universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7634-8394
2015 (English)In: Regional Organizations and Peacemaking: Challengers to the United Nations / [ed] Peter Wallensteen & Anders Bjurner, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2015Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This book analyses the new and difficult roles of regional organizations in peacemaking after the end of the Cold War and how they relate to the United Nations (UN).

Regional organizations have taken an increasingly prominent role in international efforts to deal with international security. The book highlights the complex interaction between the regional and sub-regional organizations, on the one hand, and their relations with the United Nations, on the other. Thus, the general issues of UN and its authority are scrutinized from legal, practical and geopolitical perspectives. Taking on a broad geographical focus on Africa, the Arab world and Europe, the book also provides an extensive range of case studies, with detailed analysis of particular situations, organizations and armed conflicts.

The authors scrutinise the heterogeneous relationship between the different organizations as well as the challenges to them: political resources, legal standing, financial assets, capabilities and organizational set up. Moreover, they investigate whether regional organizations, as compared to the UN, are better suited to deal with today’s intra-state conflicts. The book also aims to dissect the evolution of these institutions historically – in relation to Chapter VIII of the UN Charter which mentions the resort to 'regional arrangements’ for conflict management – as well as more generally in relation to the principles of international law and UN principles of peacemaking.

This book, written by a mixture of established scholars, diplomats and high-level policymakers, will be of great interest to students as well as practitioners in the field of peace and conflict studies, regional security, international organisations, conflict management and IR in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, 2015.
Series
Routledge Studies in Security and Conflict Management
Keyword [en]
United Nations, Regional Organizations, Peacemaking, War, Armed Conflict, Peacekeeping, Conflicts
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1888ISBN: 978-1-138-01913-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:nai-1888DiVA: diva2:782136
Available from: 2015-01-20 Created: 2015-01-20 Last updated: 2015-01-20Bibliographically approved

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