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International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity$
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Jane Boulden and Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199676583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676583.001.0001

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The United Nations Security Council, Ethnicity, and Ethnic Conflict

The United Nations Security Council, Ethnicity, and Ethnic Conflict

(p.219) 9 The United Nations Security Council, Ethnicity, and Ethnic Conflict
International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity

Jane Boulden

Oxford University Press

The extent, scope, and objectives of United Nations Security Council responses to ethnic conflict situations are the focus of this chapter. Although the Council was designed with state-to-state conflict in mind, over time it has increasingly taken action in intra-state conflicts. Because the Council’s primary goal is international peace and security its impact is most often unintentional. However, in various ways, including through its support of peace agreements and in its efforts to mitigate the humanitarian impact of conflicts, the Council’s decisions have an impact on ethnically diverse and divisive situations. This study of the Council’s work demonstrates that it is an increasingly active international actor in ethnic conflict situations, with some clear views on questions of governance within states as well as among them.

Keywords:   United Nations, UN Security Council, ethnic conflict, peace operations, sanctions, responsibility to protect, democracy, human rights, governance, protection of civilians

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