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Review: International Peacekeeping: The Challenges of State-Building and Regionalization

Reviewed Works: Dealing with Conflict in Africa: The United Nations and Regional Organizations by Jane Boulden; You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building by Simon Chesterman; At War's End: Building Peace after Civil Conflict by Roland Paris; The United Nations and Regional Security: Europe and beyond by Michael Pugh, Waheguru Pal Singh Sidu
Review by: Paul D. Williams
International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-)
Vol. 81, No. 1 (Jan., 2005), pp. 163-174
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Royal Institute of International Affairs
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3569193
Page Count: 12
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International Peacekeeping: The Challenges of State-Building and Regionalization
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Abstract

This review article examines four recent books that explore how international peacekeepers have coped with the challenges of state-building and regionalization. Two volumes analyse the pitfalls and prospects of international attempts to turn war-shattered states into stable market democracies, while two volumes explore the problems and opportunities thrown up by attempts to forge effective working relationships between the United Nations and regional arrangements in Europe, Africa and beyond. The review concludes that although state-building is most legitimate when conducted under the auspices of the UN, the organization's almost permanent condition of overstretch and the US-led 'war on terrorism' have undermined its practical ability to lead such operations. It also suggests that the current approach to regionalization is unlikely to provide a panacea for state-building or more general peacekeeping problems.

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