In 1986, British diplomat Marrack Goulding became the
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations in charge of
peacekeeping. Since 1978, no new peacekeeping operations had been
launched, while existing ones in the Middle East, Cyprus, and
Kashmir had stagnated. During the following seven years, however,
Goulding presided over sixteen new missions, including highly
controversial efforts in Angola, Yugoslavia, and Somalia.
Goulding's historic tenure coincided with a dramatic shift in
attitude within the UN about its role in ending regional conflicts.
In Peacemonger, he provides an unprecedented insider's account of
the organization's successes and failures in this period.
From the UN's unwieldy bureaucracy and its often uneasy
relationship with member states to the individual courage of many
of its officials and their frequently unsung achievements, Goulding
details the UN's responses to the crises of the post--Cold War
world. He offers frank portraits of Javier Perez de Cuellar and
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the two Secretaries-General under whom he
worked, and chronicles the internal strife that undermined the UN's
efficiency. He also documents the development during his watch of
new types of peacekeeping missions that did far more than preside
over ongoing and irresolvable conflicts. In Namibia, Cambodia, and
Central America, UN peacekeepers facilitated democratic elections
and the demobilization of belligerents. Dispassionate, perceptive,
and unblinkingly honest, Peacemonger offers vital insights into the
UN's most perilous and contentious activity.
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