IFS Info nr. 1/1999
The Un's Role in Transitions from War to Peace: Sovereignty, Consent and the Evolving Normative Climate
This study looks at the expanding definition of threats to international peace and security, in relation to traditional notions of sovereignty, employed by the Security Council. Ian Johnstone traces the evolution in the Security Council’s conception of permissible intervention in internal affairs in the period since 1990. He examines the fine line between consent and coercion in international operations, discusses the implications of UN’s involvement in peacebuilding activities for the concept of sovereignty, and asks in what ways the development in the international normative climate has affected UN efforts to manage transitions from war to peace.
Ian Johnstone is a First Officer in the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The views expressed in this chapter are personal and should not be taken as representing the position of the United Nations. It is based on a paper presented at the University of Oxford Center for International Studies Conference on Transitions from war to peace in September 1998.