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The United Nations and Global Security

February 27, 2004 • Volume 14, Issue 8
Can it deal with today's threats?
By David Masci

Introduction

U.N. peacekeepers from Uruguay are helping maintain a fragile cease-fire in Congo following a civil war that killed 3 million people. Thirteen U.N. peacekeeping missions currently are deployed around the world.  (AFP Photo/Peter Busomokie)
U.N. peacekeepers from Uruguay are helping maintain a fragile cease-fire in Congo following a civil war that killed 3 million people. Thirteen U.N. peacekeeping missions currently are deployed around the world. (AFP Photo/Peter Busomokie)

The United Nations was founded after World War II to promote global security. But following the bitter divisions created in the Security Council last year by the U.S.-led Iraq war, some observers question whether the U.N. can foster global peace and stability. Critics contend that Article 51 of the U.N. charter, which grants nations the right to self-defense, doesn't allow them to act against rogue states and terrorists. Others say the Security Council lacks credibility because many of today's big powers — like Japan and India — are not permanent members. But U.N. supporters say the charter does allow nations to counter threats, even pre-emptively, and that the Security Council can effectively promote peace and security.

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