- Title Pages
- One The Role of the UN Secretary-General
- Two Palestine, the Third World, and the UN as Seen from a Special Commission
- Three On Behalf of the United Nations
- Four The UN Statehood Bid
- Five The Wrong Kind of Intervention in Syria
- Six Constructing Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon in the Shadow of the “War on Terror”
- Seven The UN Security Council and Ghosts of Iraq
- Eight Iraq
- Nine Libya: A UN Resolution and NATO’s Failure to Protect
- Ten Peacekeeping and the Arab World
- Eleven The UN Human Rights Game and the Arab Region
- Twelve The Politics of the Sanctions on Iraq and the UN Humanitarian Exception
- Thirteen An Agency for the Palestinians?
- Fourteen Challenged but Steadfast
- Fifteen The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Iraq Refugee Operation
- Sixteen The Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Middle East
- Seventeen The Middle East
- Eighteen The UN, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, and Development in the Arab World
- Nineteen The United Nations, Palestine, Liberation, and Development
- Twenty Peacebuilding in Palestine
- Twenty-One The International Labour Organization and Workers’ Rights in the Arab Region
- Twenty-Two Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency
- Twenty-Three The Protective Shields
- (p.1) Introduction
- Land of Blue Helmets
- Karim Makdisi, Vijay Prashad
- University of California Press
This book examines the role of the United Nations in the confounding geopolitical tensions arising from key international conflicts in the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, including the hostilities between Palestine and Iraq and between Libya and Syria. It explores how the UN has been shaped by the Palestine question and how the struggle over Palestine produced the institutions of “peacekeeping” and of the “UN mediator.” It also discusses the politics around the UN and shows that it is always constrained by geopolitics despite serving as a site of struggle over legitimacy claims by warring factions. The book is divided into four sections dealing with themes that are considered the most important elements of UN work in the Arab world: diplomacy, enforcement and peacekeeping, humanitarianism and refugees, and development. This introduction provides an overview of the literature on the UN that emerged in the post-Cold War period in line with the complexity and reach of various UN missions and agencies.
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