Edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet
Chapter 5: Protecting which peace for whom against what? A conceptual analysis of collective security
This chapter offers a critical, conceptual analysis of collective security, both in the current UN shape and as a general concept. The basic premise for the chapter is that even though collective security is a fundamental goal of the UN Charter, the collective security system is fraught with many political and practical problems. The chapter analyses a number of conceptual difficulties, but argues that these difficulties do not mean that collective security is impossible. The chapter asks whether collective security could be improved better to maintain international peace and security or if there is an inherent contradiction in the idea. The analysis is informed by critical traditions in international law and international relations.
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