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A history of UN peacekeeping
in The United Nations and peacekeeping, 1988–95
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This chapter presents an overview of the United Nations' (UNs') objectives, work principles and organisational structure, with an emphasis on the work of the UNs' three central organs: the Security Council, the Secretariat, and the General Assembly. It also presents historical survey of operations executed by the UN until 1987. These operations are usually called 'traditional operations' or 'first-generation operations', and were aimed at preventing the renewal of wars between states. The chapter presents survey of peacekeeping operations executed by the UN from 1988 until our own times. These operations are usually called 'multidimensional' or 'second-generation' operations and they are intended to promote change in the political, security, social and economic conditions that are at the heart of the conflict. The chapter deals with the research of UN peacekeeping operations, especially their incomplete treatment of the role of international politics in the organisation's work with regard to peace-keeping operations.

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