From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect
United Nations University, Tokyo
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Published in the United States of America by Cambridge University Press, New York
© Ramesh Thakur 2006, First published 2006
Preventing humanitarian atrocities is becoming as important for the United Nations as dealing with interstate war. In this book, Ramesh Thakur examines the transformation in UN operations, analysing its changing role and structure. He asks why, when and how force may be used and argues that the growing gulf between legality and legitimacy is evidence of an eroded sense of international community. He considers the tension between the United States, with its capacity to use force and project power, and the UN, as the centre of the international law enforcement system. He asserts the central importance of the rule of law and of a rules-based order focused on the UN as the foundation of a civilised system of international relations. This book will be of interest to students of the UN and international organisations in politics, law and international relations departments, as well as policy-makers in the UN and other NGOs.RAMESH THAKUR is Senior Vice-Rector of the United Nations University and an Assistant Secretary-General of the United
Dr. Ramesh Thakur awarded for the best book on United Nations Waterloo, Canada - July 23, 2008 - The Centre for International Governance Innovation CIGI) is pleased to announce that its Distinguished Fellow Ramesh Thakur has won a prestigious Friends of ACUNS book award, which is presented annually to an author who has demonstrated outstanding research and writing on the United Nations (UN).