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Matthias Maass

occupation posed an even bigger threat to a world economy hugely dependent on the steady flow of oil and gas from the Middle East. Equally problematic was the standard the invasion would set. Iraq’s aggression ran afoul of all the moral and legal principles that were supposed to shape the new, post-Cold War international order. And as the sole remaining superpower, the US felt called upon to tackle these challenges. To be sure, the US had major geostrategic interests in the region and had been deeply involved in regional power balancing. To this day, the US has major

in Small states in world politics
International Relations theory and the study of UN peace operations
Mats Berdal

demand; all of these ensure that the UN peace operations will remain a most fertile territory for theorists and practitioners alike for many years to come. Notes 1 Hence the connection drawn, often explicitly, in several studies of UN ‘interventionism’ in the 1990s to the larger IR debate about whether or not the post-Cold War international order was moving in a solidarist, as distinct from a pluralist, direction. See

in United Nations peace operations and International Relations theory