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Dangerous Diplomacy reassesses the role of the UN Secretariat during the Rwandan genocide.
With the help of new archival sources, including the personal diaries and private papers of the late Sir Marrack Goulding—an Under-Secretary-General from 1988 to 1997 and the second highest-ranking UN official during the genocide—the book situates the Rwanda mission within the context of bureaucratic and political friction existing at UN Headquarters in the early 1990s.
The book shows how this confrontation led to a lack of coordination between key UN departments on reconnaissance, intelligence, and crisis management. Yet Dangerous Diplomacy goes beyond these institutional pathologies and identifies the conceptual origins of the Rwanda failure in the gray area that separates peacebuilding and peacekeeping.
The difficulty of separating these two functions both conceptually and operationally, the book argues, explains why six decades after the birth of the UN, it has still not been possible to demarcate the precise roles of some key UN departments.
Published (UK & ROTW): 10 August 2017
Published (USA & the Americas): 10 October 2017
Pages: 320 Pages
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