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The EU, the UN and Collective Security. Making Multilateralism Effective


This book examines the effectiveness of multilateralism in ensuring collective security and, in particular, the EU's role in this process. In 1992, shortly after the end of the Cold War, a Security Council Summit in New York reaffirmed the salience of the system of collective security and stated the determination of the Heads of State to maintain it as the prime international instrument for preserving peace. Twenty years later, however, the record of collective security as well as of multilateralism has not been very encouraging. The system of collective security, as enshrined in the United Nations (UN) Charter, failed repeatedly to accomplish its mandate in the 1990s and has led to controversial debates in the United States and Europe that reached a climax during the Iraq crisis in 2002/03. The volume draws upon both theoretical and empirical research to answer the following core questions: 1) What are the reasons that have made multilateralism either effective or ineffective in the field of peacekeeping, peace preservation and peacebuilding? 2) How can multilateralism be made more effective? 3) How can attempts made by Europe to render UN multilateralism in the security area more efficient be assessed? This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding/peacekeeping, EU policy, the UN, security studies and IR in general.

Output of the research project The European Union and the Reform of the United Nations (The EU as a global actor in the UN reform process), conducted by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Politics, at the Christian Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU), with the support of the Volkswagen Stiftung. Presented in a meeting organised by the IAI and the Representation Office of the European Commission in Italy, Rome, 13 May 2013.

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