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Promoting Peace Through International Law$
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Cecilia Marcela Bailliet and Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722731

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.001.0001

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Protecting Which Peace for Whom against What? A Conceptual Analysis of Collective Security

Protecting Which Peace for Whom against What? A Conceptual Analysis of Collective Security

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(p.86) 5 Protecting Which Peace for Whom against What? A Conceptual Analysis of Collective Security
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Promoting Peace Through International Law
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Pål Wrange

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722731.003.0005

The collective security system of the UN Charter has, since its inception, been fraught with political and practical problems. Such problems can all be associated with conceptual contradictions and it is very difficult to imagine a truly effective collective security system. These conceptual difficulties do not necessarily mean that collective security to maintain international peace and security is not possible, but they do mean that both the architecture of the system and its application in concrete cases will suffer from tragic dilemmas, in which any solution will entail costs. This chapter contains a critical analysis of conceptual problems related to collective security, with the focus on three basic issues: 1. Protection against which acts—war, physical violence, structural violence or something else? 2. Protection against which sources—threats from states, from groups, from individuals, etc.? 3. What is the object of protection—the state, societies, groups, or individuals?

Keywords:   collective security, international peace and security, UN Charter, critical analysis, protection

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