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‘We do deserts, we don’t do mountains’

Alex de Waal: The United Nations

11 November 1999
Soldiers of Diplomacy: The United Nations, Peacekeeping and the New World Order 
by Jocelyn Coulon.
Toronto, 231 pp., £26, October 1998, 0 8020 0899 2
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Hard Choices: Moral Dilemmas in Humanitarian Intervention 
edited by Jonathan Moore.
Rowman and Littlefield, 320 pp., £18.95, December 1998, 0 8476 9031 8
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New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in the Global Era 
by Mary Kaldor.
Polity, 200 pp., £13.99, December 1998, 0 7456 2067 1
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... professional diplomacy. Will another imperial hegemon have to learn the limits of power the hard way? The second option – traditional ‘blue-helmet’ peacekeeping – is eloquently argued for by JocelynCoulon in Soldiers of Diplomacy: While waiting for the member states of the UN, and in particular the great powers, to agree on a clear and coherent philosophy on military intervention and how it ...

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