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Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations and the Arab World

Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad


Born in 1945, the United Nations (UN) came to life in the Arab world. It was there that the UN dealt with early diplomatic challenges that helped shape its institutions such as peacekeeping and political mediation. It was also there that the UN found itself trapped in, and sometimes part of, confounding geopolitical tensions in key international conflicts in the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, such as hostilities between Palestine and Iraq and between Libya and Syria. Much has changed over the past seven decades, but what has not changed is the central role played by the UN. This book's cl ... More

Keywords: member states, peacekeeping, United Nations, Arab world, Cold War, post-Cold War period, Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Syria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karim Makdisi, editor
University of Beirut

Vijay Prashad, editor

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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Part One Diplomacy

Part Two Enforcement and Peacekeeping

Seven The UN Security Council and Ghosts of Iraq

Poorvi Chitalkar and David M. Malone

Eight Iraq

Coralie Pison Hindawi

Part Three Humanitarianism and Refugees

Seventeen The Middle East

Caroline Abu Sa’Da

Part Four Development

End Matter