Back to Basics : The UN and crisis diplomacy in an age of strategic uncertainty
This report sets out to show how the UN can reinforce its utility and legitimacy in conflict prevention and mediation in a complex international environment. It draws on a series of case studies on conflict prevention for the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC)—including analyses of the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and West Africa—which show how the UN’s engagement in the deterioration phases of a series of recent crises has prevented or reduced conflict, or at least has established a framework for later peace talks. In all of these cases, with the notable exception of the Middle East, the UN interacts with regional organizations at different levels of institutional evolution.
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