Patterson, William R.
April 2010
Virginia Social Science Journal;2010, Vol. 45, p49
Academic Journal
In the aftermath of the United Nations' refusal to authorize the United States' invasion of Iraq in 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush predicted that the institution would become irrelevant in the realm of international affairs. The institution, he said, had failed to live up to its responsibilities and had not enforced its own resolutions. It had displayed its impotence in the face of Saddam Hussein's defiance and had therefore demonstrated its own insignificance. This article looks back at that claim and judges its accuracy. By examining the U.N.'s activity in the General Assembly, in the Security Council, in subsidiary organs and in peacekeeping missions, the article quantifies U.N. relevance in the first five years following the invasion.


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