Britain and UN Peacekeeping 1948–67 by N. Briscoe

By N. Briscoe

Britain was once arguably the only maximum catalyst and beneficiary of UN peacekeeping operations through the post-war interval. This e-book analyses the explanations for this, together with the post-colonial conflicts which Britain passed the UN and its choice to make sure that peacekeeping developed in a fashion suitable with united kingdom nationwide pursuits. regardless of preliminary ambivalence approximately letting the UN run army operations, Britain again and again used the association, to shed colonial duties, shop face, percentage policing burdens, and stabilise conflicts in delicate areas. This finished survey first examines united kingdom event with antecedents of UN operations, significantly nineteenth century colonial policing and missions manage below the League of countries. It then analyses British efforts to persuade, include and take advantage of person UN operations, together with the Emergency strength confirmed following the Suez trouble (1956-67), the strength within the Congo (1960-64), and the iconic operation in Cyprus (1967-). additionally lined are numerous situations while British Governments most well-liked to intrude unilaterally, together with in Jordan and Kuwait. one of many major contributions of the ebook is the exact research of inner united kingdom govt and UN documents, which the writer makes use of to reconstruct the coverage making strategy. The e-book additionally sheds gentle at the peacekeeping rules of sure different key states, rather the U.S. and USSR. ultimately, the account addresses a few problems with modern relevance, together with the strain among neutrality and impartiality, peacekeeping in a semi-permissive surroundings, and using strength.

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The administering power was required simply to transmit ‘regularly to the SecretaryGeneral for information purposes, subject to such limitation as security and constitutional considerations may require, statistical and other information of a technical nature …’30 This was hardly a gross imposition and suited Britain well for several years, until pressure began to build for administering powers to be more accountable. With the broad framework of the new Organization already established at Dumbarton Oaks, much of the work of the San Francisco Conference, from April–June 1945, focused on fine-tuning and gaining the support of the lesser powers.

57 However, the British remained intransigent and were equally uncooperative on the ground. They did not permit the formation of the Arab and Jewish militias which the General Assembly had proposed to help keep order after the British withdrawal on 15 May, nor would they evacuate a seaport and hinterland which had been intended by UNSCOP to serve as an area for Jewish immigration. The annoyance felt by US officials was also shared by Secretary-General Trygve Lie who voiced his frustration to Cadogan and announced that he was sending an emissary to London to try to persuade the British to cooperate.

D) We do not wish the commitment for the provision or operation of forces by the Security Council to be used by a Great Power as a pretext either for maintaining unnecessarily large forces or for using its forces to further its own interests. (e) We wish to discourage a regional approach to the problem of world security, although we accept that all Five Powers will not always be able to play an active part in any operations required. In addition, the Chiefs of Staff favoured placing the emphasis of Britain’s contribution on naval and air forces, in view of the many existing demands on its land forces.

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