"The Security Council, the all-powerful UN body for maintaining world peace, remains mired in its World War II origins. The victors, the US, Russia, China, Britain, and France, continue to control it with their permanent membership and the veto. Their confrontations emasculated the Council during the Cold War and their cooperation spawned questionable military actions thereafter.
The book traces the origins of international security cooperation and scrutinizes the moorings of the Security Council's powers in international law. It critiques the permanent five's manipulation of the Council to aggressively strengthen their global dominance and legitimise their exercise of power. Their doctrines and actions in countries like Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Libya have hindered the Council's evolution as a responsible body which has the trust of a globalising world.
This book is an essential read for practitioners and scholars to understand the Security Council and the failure to reform it. "
1. Collective Security
2. Birth of International Organisations
3. The Idea of the UN
4. San Francisco Conference - The UN Charter
5. Beginner's Luck - The Early Successes
6. Divided Nations
7. False Start - The Korea Operation
8. Innovative Compromise - Peacekeeping Operations
9. Military Actions after the Cold War
11. New Mandates
12. Charter-Compatibility of the Military Actions
13. Security Council and International Law
14. Impermanence of the Permanent Five
15. Wars that Escaped Security Council Action
16. Security Council Reform
Secretaries-General of the UN