Preventing War: The United Nations and Macedonia

Preventing War: The United Nations and Macedonia

by Abiodun Williams


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In the last decade of the bloodiest century in recorded history, the United Nations devised a new instrument—preventive deployment—to deal with the age-old problem of war. This unique first-hand study provides the definitive account of the United Nations Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP), which was deployed from 1992 to 1999 in Macedonia, for the first time before hostilities erupted. Abiodun Williams explains why UNPREDEP was established, how it implemented its new mandate, and its pathbreaking accomplishments. Placing his account in the context of the evolution of UN peacekeeping and Macedonian history, Williams’s analysis is grounded in systematic empirical detail. The book demonstrates that UNPREDEP enhanced the stability and security of Macedonia, as well as provided international political legitimation of the country’s sovereignty and independence. Preventing War makes a strong argument for the wisdom and efficacy of preventive action and offers important guidance about its use in other potential conflicts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742509078
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Abiodun Williams is director of strategic planning in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He served as political adviser to U.N. peacekeeping operations in Macedonia, Haiti, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, he taught international relations at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preventive Diplomacy and the Evolution of UN Peacekeeping Chapter 2 The Burden of History Chapter 3 Making a New Beginning Chapter 4 Composition, Organization, and Structure of UNPREDEP Chapter 5 Keeping Watch Chapter 6 The Good Offices Function Chapter 7 Withdrawing a Winning Team Chapter 8 Conclusion

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