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The broader meaning of collective security....,
This review is from: A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility--Report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change (Paperback)
This book is nothing less than a report made by a High-level Panel on the threats, challenges and change our world faces. This group of experts from different countries was established by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, with the idea of using the conclusions presented here to adapt the United Nations to what is happening nowadays, in order to make it more effective.
Among other subjects, this report delves in six kinds of threats that should concern the world. That is, war between States; violence within States (including civil wars and large-scale human rights abuses); poverty, infectious disease and environmental degradation; nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological weapons; terrorism; and transnational organized crime. It also includes and explains policies to prevent them, and should that fail, adequate response to them. What is more, this book has some guidelines for the use of force in such cases, as well as reflections regarding peace enforcemen, peacekeeping capability, and post-conflict peacebuilding. Finally, ways of revitalizing existing institutions are discussed, along with the possibility of creating new institutions to meet evolving challenges.
What does Kofi Annan think about the report the High-level Panel he established produced?. Well, in his own words "This is a report of great range and depth, which sets out a broad framework for collective security, and indeed gives a broader meaning to that concept, appropriate for the new millennium. It suggests not only ways to deal with particular threats, but also new ways of understanding the connections between them, and explains what this implies in terms of shared policies and institutions". Furthermore, the Secretary-General points out that he agrees with the report's core argument that a comprehensive system of collective security that tackles both new and old threats, taking into account that all are interconnected, is essential. As a result, all strategies must be comprehensive, if they are to have a chance of being successful.
In my opinion, "A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility" is perfect reading material for those interested in International Relations, and also for people who are merely curious regarding what some experts whose job is to try to understand the new tendencies think about them. After all, this is a problem that concerns us all...
Before ending this review, I would like to highlight the fact that a free copy of this report is available in the UN's website, in case you want to browse it before buying this book, something I recommend you to do.
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