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Mandates Matter: An Exploration of Impartiality in United Nations Operations

Mandates Matter: An Exploration of Impartiality in United Nations Operations Global Governance 11 (2005), 147–160 Mandates Matter: An Exploration of Impartiality in United Nations Operations Jane Boulden The idea of UN impartiality has long been assumed as a characteris- tic of certain UN military operations but has never been explored. I argue that the impartiality of a UN mandate needs to be considered separately from the impartiality of the implementation of that man- date. Such a separation reveals that maintaining an overall framework of impartiality in UN operations is critically dependent on the nature of the mandate. An analysis of UN operations on this basis reveals that Security Council mandates for UN military operations whose tasks extend beyond the observance of agreements made by the parties to the conflict are not impartial. Often, however, these mandates are crafted within an overall approach that is said to be impartial, thus creating an inherent contradiction that has the potential to undermine the operation as a whole. KEYWORDS: United Nations, Security Coun- cil, impartiality, peace enforcement, peacekeeping. he nature and scale of the United Nations Security Council for- ays into the conflicts of the early post–Cold War period took the T organization into uncharted territory, sometimes with devastating results. These experiences prompted http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Mandates Matter: An Exploration of Impartiality in United Nations Operations

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01102003
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Abstract

Global Governance 11 (2005), 147–160 Mandates Matter: An Exploration of Impartiality in United Nations Operations Jane Boulden The idea of UN impartiality has long been assumed as a characteris- tic of certain UN military operations but has never been explored. I argue that the impartiality of a UN mandate needs to be considered separately from the impartiality of the implementation of that man- date. Such a separation reveals that maintaining an overall framework of impartiality in UN operations is critically dependent on the nature of the mandate. An analysis of UN operations on this basis reveals that Security Council mandates for UN military operations whose tasks extend beyond the observance of agreements made by the parties to the conflict are not impartial. Often, however, these mandates are crafted within an overall approach that is said to be impartial, thus creating an inherent contradiction that has the potential to undermine the operation as a whole. KEYWORDS: United Nations, Security Coun- cil, impartiality, peace enforcement, peacekeeping. he nature and scale of the United Nations Security Council for- ays into the conflicts of the early post–Cold War period took the T organization into uncharted territory, sometimes with devastating results. These experiences prompted

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2005

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