The Struggle for PeaceRethinking Intervention and Conflict ManagementThe Role of Regional Organizations

Posted in Other | 07-Mar-06 | Author: Volker Lehmann and Jochen Steinhilber| Source: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

The 1990s experienced the emergence of numerous new conflicts that tended to spread rapidly across an entire region. At the same time, the end of bloc confrontation led to a security vacuum, a new “global obscurity” that was missing established patterns of political action. Beginning in the mid-1990s, the multilateral world order was dealt several blows. Damaged by the renaissance of big-power politics and the use of war as a means to political ends such developments finally culminated in the UN Security Council crisis during the events leading up to the war in Iraq. Although this crisis damaged the UN as the stable and efficient backbone of a robust world peace order, unilateralism and “coalitions of the willing” have not made the world a safer place either. As the need for new structural elements for a world order that could contribute to resolving regional conflicts has become imminent, regional arrangements have moved to centre stage.