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Alexander Orakhelashvili

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579846.001.0001

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Essence and Definition of Collective Security

Essence and Definition of Collective Security

(p.4) 1 Essence and Definition of Collective Security
Collective Security

Alexander Orakhelashvili (Contributor Webpage)

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The validity and feasibility of the concept of collective security has for a long time been subjected to a debate and challenges on various grounds. The principal objections related to the alleged incompatibility of collective security with selfish national interests of states, and to the lack of its feasibility in an international society that has no central government. After examining and evaluating these objections, Chapter 1 locates collective security as a superstructure to the existing international legal and political system, not as an alternative thereto. After this, the relationship of the concept of collective security with related notions such as conflict prevention, crisis management, early warning, and conflict resolution is examined. Last but not least, this chapter focuses on the relationship between legal and political factors as to how the notion of ‘international peace and security’ under the UN Charter should be understood.

Keywords:   conflict resolution, collective security, early warning, crisis management, conflict prevention

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