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The Idea and the Reality of Collective Security

The Idea and the Reality of Collective Security Global Governance 5 (1999), 303–332 The Idea and the Reality of Collective Security Lynn H. Miller o paraphrase T. S. Eliot, the shadow still falls between the idea and the reality of collective security today, centuries after it was framed T as an idea to create a police power for the modern system of nation- states. Collective security was occasionally raised as an ideal long before any serious effort was made toward implementing it, suggesting an unusu- ally awkward gap between the ideal and the real. Nor has that gap been ef- fectively bridged after nearly a century in which collective security has os- tensibly been in place as the chief rationale for an international police capability. From the time it was first instituted in 1919 to the present, it has been applied only very occasionally—and then, fairly crudely—even though the term has frequently been stretched to cover a multitude of ac- tions that fit badly with any sensible notion of the original idea. As a re- sult, one may feel justified to approach the history of collective security with a certain skepticism. Collective Security Defined The all-for-one-and-one-for-all idea of collective security is dazzling in its simplicity. It asserts http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
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10.1163/19426720-00503003
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Abstract

Global Governance 5 (1999), 303–332 The Idea and the Reality of Collective Security Lynn H. Miller o paraphrase T. S. Eliot, the shadow still falls between the idea and the reality of collective security today, centuries after it was framed T as an idea to create a police power for the modern system of nation- states. Collective security was occasionally raised as an ideal long before any serious effort was made toward implementing it, suggesting an unusu- ally awkward gap between the ideal and the real. Nor has that gap been ef- fectively bridged after nearly a century in which collective security has os- tensibly been in place as the chief rationale for an international police capability. From the time it was first instituted in 1919 to the present, it has been applied only very occasionally—and then, fairly crudely—even though the term has frequently been stretched to cover a multitude of ac- tions that fit badly with any sensible notion of the original idea. As a re- sult, one may feel justified to approach the history of collective security with a certain skepticism. Collective Security Defined The all-for-one-and-one-for-all idea of collective security is dazzling in its simplicity. It asserts

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 1999

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