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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (6 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199583307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199583300
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 4.6 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,029,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A useful reference work that supplements smaller studiesSumming Up: Recommended. (Choice, Apr 2011)

A definitive interdisciplinary work on an important subject ... The depth of knowledge and experience provides fascinating and essential reading for anyone interested in the area of international peace and security, regardless of their disciplinary background and whether practitioner or academic (Christian Henderson in International and Comparative Law Quarterly)

The United Nations Security Council and War is an essential work, full of astute observations. Set apart by the wealth of ideas and diversity of viewpoints, this edited collection provides a seminal and well-balanced account of the Security Council's dealing with war since 1945. (Robin Geiss in German Yearbook of International Law)

a magnificent achievement... this book will stand out as an indispensable tool in the vast literature on the UN Security Council, set apart by the quality of its research, the wealth of extensive and carefully researched data it contains, as well as the diversity of viewpoints it offers. (Professor Gilles Andréani in Survival)

An incredible achievement, magisterial and definitive. This is an essential work on anyone's bookshelf. (Professor Lawrence Freedman, June 2008)

this excellent edited collection ... consistently high standard we should not forget that for better or worse the UN can only work well when its Great Powers work together. Analysts and policy-makers alike would be better prepared to bring this about if they read this important new book. (Professor Paul Williams, International Affairs)

This substantial, comprehensive, and authoritative volume contains 28 chapters by leading academics, lawyers, and practitioners, plus detailed appendices covering UN resolutions, sanctions, and operations. (Foreign Affairs, December 2008)

That the book will stand as an authoritative piece is not in doubt. (Dr Kennedy Graham, University of Canterbury New Zealand Yearbook of International law)

About the Author

Vaughan Lowe is Chichele Professor of Public International Law, and a Fellow of All Souls College, in the University of Oxford. He also practices in the field of international law as a barrister from Essex Court Chambers, London and has appeared in cases before English and International courts, and sits on international tribunals. Sir Adam Roberts is now President of the British Academy. Previous to this (from 1986 to 2007) he was Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, and a Fellow of Balliol College. His books include (ed. with Benedict Kingsbury), United Nations, Divided World: The UN s Roles in International Relations, 2nd edn. (Oxford University Press, 1993), and (ed. with Richard Guelff), Documents on the Laws of War, 3rd edn. (Oxforddn. University Press, 2000). Jennifer Welsh is Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College. She is the author, most recently, of At Home In The World: Canada's Global Vision For The 21st Century (HarperCollins, 2004), and editor of Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations (Oxford Univeristy Press, 2003). She was recently named a Trudeau Fellow, and is currently on a Leverhulme research grant working on a project on 'sovereignty as responsibility'. Dominik Zaum is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading, and author of The Sovereignty Paradox: The Norms and Politics of International Statebuilding (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).

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