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Haidi Willmot, Ralph Mamiya, Scott Sheeran, and Marc Weller

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729266.001.0001

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The Evolution of the UN Collective Security System

The Evolution of the UN Collective Security System

(p.109) 5 The Evolution of the UN Collective Security System
Protection of Civilians

Haidi Willmot

Oxford University Press

The chapter examines changes in three key aspects of the collective security system: (a) the mechanism for determining aggression and deciding response measures; (b) the determination of threats to the peace; and (c) the measures used to address such threats. It finds that the system recognizes the legitimacy of civilians as a group to be protected irrespective of their polity, but at the same time remains committed to States as the primary security actors, and therefore seeks to execute protection within that paradigm. In doing so, the system creates two distinct but closely linked communities—a society of individuals and a society of States—both of which civilians are simultaneously members, and that, it is argued, represents a trajectory toward a cosmopolitan idea of the ordering of global society.

Keywords:   UN collective security system, protection of civilians, cosmopolitanism, international relations, international relations theory, UN Charter

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