Britain and UN Peacekeeping 1948–67 by N. Briscoe

By N. Briscoe

Britain used to be arguably the one maximum catalyst and beneficiary of UN peacekeeping operations in the course of the post-war interval. This ebook analyses the explanations for this, together with the post-colonial conflicts which Britain passed the UN and its decision to make sure that peacekeeping advanced in a fashion suitable with united kingdom nationwide pursuits. regardless of preliminary ambivalence approximately letting the UN run army operations, Britain many times used the association, to shed colonial tasks, keep face, percentage policing burdens, and stabilise conflicts in delicate areas. This accomplished survey first examines united kingdom event with antecedents of UN operations, significantly nineteenth century colonial policing and missions manage less than the League of countries. It then analyses British efforts to persuade, comprise and make the most person UN operations, together with the Emergency strength proven following the Suez quandary (1956-67), the strength within the Congo (1960-64), and the iconic operation in Cyprus (1967-). additionally lined are numerous cases whilst British Governments most well liked to intrude unilaterally, together with in Jordan and Kuwait. one of many major contributions of the e-book is the distinct research of inner united kingdom govt and UN documents, which the writer makes use of to reconstruct the coverage making approach. The publication additionally sheds gentle at the peacekeeping guidelines of yes different key states, really the U.S. and USSR. eventually, the account addresses a few problems with modern relevance, together with the strain among neutrality and impartiality, peacekeeping in a semi-permissive atmosphere, and using strength.

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I could imagine nothing more disastrous to the United Antecedents and Early UN Observer Missions 29 Nations than if that were to happen. Have we learned nothing from the half-backed and half-hearted sanctions against Mussolini? 63 UNTSO began with military observers contributed by Belgium, France and the United States, the three countries represented on the Truce Commission; in addition, five Swedish officers were appointed to assist the UN Mediator, Folke Bernadotte. 64 The deployment of the observers aroused little comment from British officials, who were no doubt relieved to have resisted pressure for British forces to remain in Palestine.

In the meantime the United States approached Britain to see whether the latter would consider supplying a large part of the observers. 79 UNMOGIP was not activated until a ceasefire had finally been concluded in January 1949, and Britain and the United States used the intervening period to ensure that the composition was acceptable to them. 82 On 28 August the British crafted a formula which would exclude undesirable nationalities, namely that the observers should be contributed by countries which were both represented on the Commission (that is, Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Czechoslovakia and the United States), and which had diplomatic representatives in New Delhi and Karachi.

The United States had proposed simply boosting the 66 guards at UN Headquarters to 300 and not keeping a reserve. The British Chiefs of Staff had raised a theme which was often to appear in British discussions on the subject at the time, namely the concern about the risk of communist influence in the Guard Force since its members would be recruited as individuals. 34 Britain and UN Peacekeeping, 1948–67 However, the Cabinet concluded that although Lie’s proposals were overambitious and the details remained vague, it was difficult to oppose a suggestion that the UN should be able to protect its missions and personnel.

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