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Title:The challenges of preventive diplomacy: the United Nations' post-Cold War experiences in Africa
Author:Opiyo, J. Ododa
Year:2012
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution (ISSN 1562-6997)
Volume:12
Issue:1
Pages:61-81
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:UN
peacebuilding
diplomacy
Link:https://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcthe-challenges-of-preventive-diplomacy/
Abstract:With the end of the Cold War era, it was expected that inter-State and intra-State conflicts would decline. However, crises and conflicts have not disappeared but rather multiplied and evolved in different forms. In the 1990s, there was an upsurge in UN involvement in peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peacemaking. This article examines the efforts taken by the UN to avert conflicts through preventive diplomacy (PD). It outlines the basis of PD in the UN system and gives an overview of PD efforts during the tenure of four UN Secretary-Generals, with special attention being paid to PD efforts in Africa. The article further analyses the UN's options relating to PD, and its cooperation with regional organizations with regard to their involvement in PD in Africa. In conclusion, the article discusses the challenges facing the UN in its PD role, as well as measures for improvement. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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