By Stephen Kinloch Pichat
A clean exam of the origins, evolution and way forward for proposals for a UN 'Legion' - an enduring army strength recruited, informed and deployed through the UN.
This new publication indicates how this inspiration has grown, re-emerged and advanced in direct reference to the advance of UN foreign army forces. The legionnaires were obvious because the destiny representatives of a latest constabulary, foreign police or humanitarian chivalry. they've got additionally perpetually evoked the assumption of mercenaries and resurrected fears of supranational govt and a 'world army'. the sort of strength has been impossible while wanted, no longer wanted while possible, revealing the deficiencies of the foreign approach within the point of view of a specific job. the assumption highlights the inadequacy of the capacity in comparison to the ambitions, and the bounds of the UN's means to evolve itself to new demanding situations.
This examine examinmes how the venture of a UN 'Legion' is conditional at the viability of the unique Utopia, and vice versa. It additionally argues that the extraordinary polarization of the controversy may well replicate an inclination to negate the inherent contradictions of truth, reminding us of the ancient size of the development of a global association, a 'work in progress'.
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Extra info for A UN 'Legion': Between Utopia and Reality
15 This assumed permanent and effective world disarmament. Culbertson yet warned against the danger of having the government of a world organization in possession of an overwhelming force. The greatest danger, he thought, would be to see the central world force evolve into a corps of ‘janissaries’ or a ‘praetorian guard’. According to Culbertson’s plan, an international police force would therefore be placed at the disposal of the supranational government of a world federation organized according to the regional principle.
6 Speculations over the shape of the force envisaged by the Commission were reported in the New York Times, which stated that some members of the Commission were ‘known to favor a relatively small but highly mechanized and mobile force with particularly effective equipment, rather than a numerically large infantry force’. 7 Meanwhile, enforcement of the Palestine partition decided by the General Assembly had been quickly ruled out.
46. 47. 48. 49. For a legal study of the work of the Military Staff Committee, see Bonnemaison, ‘L’ armée internationale’, pp. 85–147. Russell, United Nations Experience, pp. 1, 4 Ried, Some Considerations, p. 158. ‘Basic Principles Governing the Organization of United Nations Forces’, Memoranda presented to Military Staff Committee by the American, British, Chinese and French Representatives, MS/28–31, Foreign Relations of the United States: Diplomatic Papers 1946, Vol. 1, pp. 775–6, and FO U 5527/3/70.