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Humanitarian Intervention and the United Nations$
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Norrie MacQueen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636969

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636969.001.0001

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After the cold war: a new world order?

After the cold war: a new world order?

(p.42) Chapter 2 After the cold war: a new world order?
Humanitarian Intervention and the United Nations

Norrie Macqueen

Edinburgh University Press

As the final decade of the twentieth century began, the United Nations contemplated a new role in world politics. The idea of a ‘new world order’, a term famously used by U.S. President George W. Bush, became pervasive. The end of bipolarity acted as a catalyst for a changed sense of the importance of humanitarianism in world politics. In particular there seemed to be a chance to revive — or perhaps, more correctly, belatedly inaugurate — the UN's founding ambition of collective security based on military enforcement. The Persian Gulf War, coming in the immediate wake of the end of the Cold War, did not deliver a new world order of genuine UN collective security and humanitarian intervention through military enforcement. In 1992, UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali produced a major report on the state of UN peacekeeping and military intervention: An Agenda for Peace: Preventive Diplomacy, Peacemaking and Peacekeeping. This was followed by a Supplement to An Agenda for Peace, issued in 1995.

Keywords:   United Nations, humanitarian intervention, humanitarianism, Cold War, Persian Gulf War, peacekeeping, military enforcement, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, world order, world politics

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