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Change in an era of great power rivalry: the diplomatic role of the United Nations

Post-World War II international relations can be sliced and diced over time in many ways, but the simplest might be to posit a Cold War period (1945 to 1987 or so) marked by limited great power cooperation, but considerable progress on other levels, not least in normative development; a post-Cold War Period of more significant international cooperation (1988-2016); and something so new we cannot yet name it, since 2017 but marked by the following characteristics:

The Kibeho Massacre, 1995 – what happened and why?

In April 1995, elements of the Rwandan People’s Army, while closing a large internally displaced person’s camp at Kibeho in south-west Rwanda, opened fire on its inhabitants. The United Nations peacekeepers that were there, Zambian and Australian, were unable to stand in the way and a large number of the camp’s inhabitants, likely in the thousands, were killed. The outline of events is well known and numerous, often harrowing, accounts of the Australian experience have been produced.

La mission la plus impossible au monde: Le Secrétaire général Trygve Lie face à la Guerre froide, 1946‒1953

Ellen Ravndal, ‘La mission la plus impossible au monde: Le Secrétaire général Trygve Lie face à la Guerre froide, 1946‒1953’, Revue d’historie diplomatique, 2, 2016: 145‒61.

"The First Major Test": The UN Secretary-General and the Palestine Problem, 1947‒9

Ellen Ravndal, ‘ “The First Major Test”: The UN Secretary-General and the Palestine Problem, 1947‒9, International History Review, 38(1) 2016: 196‒213.

Trump is not serious about dealing with North Korea

Hugh White writes about why he thinks the war on the Korean Peninsula is very unlikely.

Academic Network of the United Nations Association of Australia

APCD hosted a workshop of the Academic Network of the United Nations Association of Australia

Positive Hybridity? Unpacking UN Security Sector Reform in South Lebanon

Vanessa F. Newby, ‘Positive Hybridity? Unpacking UN Security Sector Reform in South Lebanon’, Contemporary Politics, 27 September 2016 (online).

Australia's Engagement with the UN on Environmental Issues: Benefits and Balance

Published in James Cotton and David Lee, eds, Australia and the United Nations, Sydney: Longueville Media, 2012, pp. 310-35.

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