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Since the end of the Cold War, United Nations peace operations have become an established and prominent feature of world politics. From Liberia to East Timor, the UN now carries out extensive governance-related functions and is a significant political force in Southern states and societies. Here Richard Al-Qaq leads us to a radical new understanding of the UN and its role in international politics. He uncovers the political and socio-economic import of such 'peace' activities for subject societies, and raises important questions about the functioning and dynamics of the global political order. A critical view of the internal process of programmatic reform within the UN is elaborated by detailed studies of the politics of UN peace operations in three seminal cases of the 1990s, in Somalia, Rwanda and Angola. This book is essential for understanding the new role of the UN, especially in Africa, and the politics of so-called humanitarian intervention and peace-building.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781845115807
ISBN-10: 1845115805
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 134mm x 25mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Alqaq

Richard Kareem Al-Qaq holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Between 2002 and 2007, Dr Al-Qaq taught post-graduate International Politics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS. He currently lives and works in Brazil, where he writes on UN peacekeeping and UN reform.