Authors: Adam Roberts,Vaughan Lowe,Jennifer Welsh,Dominik Zaum
THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL AND WAR
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This volume originated in a seminar series on ‘The UN Security Council and War’, held at Oxford University under the aegis of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War in 2004 and 2005. In light of the high quality of the papers, and the range of new questions they raised about the relationship between the Security Council and war, we decided to continue the project, to commission further research and contributions, and to publish the best of the resulting material.
We are very grateful to Sir Frank Berman for his generous comments and his contribution of the section on accountability to the introduction, and to Sir Michael Wood, whose comments on a range of chapters and on the introduction have been enormously helpful. Col. Christopher Langton of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, has provided valuable help on
. We also thank Tarun Chhabra, Par Engstrom, Carolyn Haggis, Taylor Owen, Miriam Prys, and Matias Spektor, all doctoral students at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford, who provided valuable research assistance for some of the chapters and for the appendices, as well as Emily Paddon, who translated the first draft of
from French into English. For his work on several of the appendices, we also thank John Dunbabin. Special thanks go to Devika Hovell, a doctoral student at Balliol College, who has done more than we could have asked of her in helping to prepare the chapters for publication. Finally, we would like to thank all those who participated in the seminar series and commented on the papers, including Chaloka Beyani, Jeremy Carver, Valpy FitzGerald, Yuen Foong Khong, Charles Garraway, Ian Hurd, Andrew Hurrell, Laura James, Neil MacFarlane, Priyanjali Malik, Jochen Prantl, Henry Shue, and Stefan Talmon.
Our work for this book benefited from much help from the library staff in four major libraries in Oxford: the Law Library, the Social Sciences Library, the Codrington Library at All Souls College, and the Bodleian Library – the latter being a depositary library for UN papers as well as holding valuable archives in the United Nations Career Records Project.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge the generous financial support that this project received from the Centre for International Studies and the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War, both of which are at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University. Without their support, this volume would not have been possible.
V.L.; A.R.; J.W.; D.Z.
The Security Council Chamber,
31 January 1992
At the Council’s first summit-level meeting, the fifteen member states were represented by thirteen heads of state and government, plus two foreign ministers. This gathering, at a high point of optimism about the UN, issued a declaration on the central role of the Council in maintaining world peace and upholding the principle of collective security. The declaration also invited Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali to make recommendations on strengthening the UN’s capacity in peacekeeping, peace-making, and preventive diplomacy. This led to the publication in June 1992 of
An Agenda for Peace
, with a set of ambitious proposals to enhance the capacity of the UN to respond to the challenges of the post-Cold War world.
The mural, by the Norwegian artist Per Krogh (1889–1965), encapsulates an earlier vision of a reformed world. It depicts a phoenix rising from its ashes, as a symbol of the world being rebuilt after the Second World War. Above the dark sinister colours at the bottom, different images in bright colours illustrate hopes for a better future. Equality is symbolized by a group of people weighing out grain for all to share (UN Photo/Milton Grant).