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You, the People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building (Project of the International Peace Academy) Paperback – 2 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (2 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199284008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199284009
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.3 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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In You, the people, Chesterman provides a detailed and incisive analysis of the history, politics and problems of transitional administrations. s

Along with the structure of the book - each chapter begins with an insightful quotation - the combined result is an extremely readable and interesting piece of work, which is of worth to academics, students and practitioners. (Journal of Conflict and Security Law)

Chesterman, director of an international institute at New York University, has made an original study of how new institutions can be created in such war-damaged countries as Bosnia, Cambodia, and East Timor. In his book the weight of the subject and the depth of the research are supported by wit, candor, brevity, and analytical writing of a very high order. (New York Review of Books)

Simon Chesterman has written a pathbreaking book about the varied experiences of the United Nations in state building. Its organization is one of its many strengths. (Political Science Quarterly)

Simon Chesterman, Executive Director of the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University School of Law, offers a concise, wide-ranging and well-conceived study of diverse international operations, most involving a significant United Nations role The study will help scholars, practitioners, and others to better assess particular constructive and problematic aspects of transitional administration, and perhaps lead to improvements on the ground in the operations of regional organizations, the UN, and occupying states. (Human Rights Quarterly)

About the Author

Simon Chesterman is Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Program, and Vice Dean and Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. His books include Shared Secrets, Just War or Just Peace? (OUP 2001), and One Nation Under Surveillance (OUP 2011).

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Chapters cover the topics of colonies and occupied territories: transitional administration through the 20th century, the evolution of UN peace operations, the use of force to maintain law and order, the question of whether a benevolent foreign autocracy can build democracy, the rule of law in post-conflict territories, the politics of humanitarian and development assistance, elections and exit strategies, and the future of state-building.
Chesterman looks at the UN's role in countries' transitions from war to peace through periods of international supervision. Elections can be part of a state-building project or peace process: in Cambodia in 1992-93 the UN empowered a transitional administration which held elections and then withdrew. But UN administrations have held election after election in Bosnia since 1995, and in Kosovo since 1999, but show no signs of leaving.
The 'Ombudsperson Institution' in Kosovo reported in 2002 that the UN 'Interim' Administration there "is not structured according to democratic principles, does not function in accordance with the rule of law, and does not respect important international human rights norms. The people of Kosovo are therefore deprived of protection of their basic rights and freedoms three years after the end of the conflict by the very entity set up to guarantee them."
In Iraq, troops will stay after the January election, till the end of 2005, we are told. But this hostile military occupation after an illegal invasion is neither building an independent state, nor achieving peace. Likewise in Afghanistan: rebuilding there is negligible (completed reconstruction projects totalled less than $200 million by May 2003), and warlords still rule the country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful account of transitional administration 26 Oct. 2004
By William Podmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Chapters cover the topics of colonies and occupied territories: transitional administration through the 20th century, the evolution of UN peace operations, the use of force to maintain law and order, the question of whether a benevolent foreign autocracy can build democracy, the rule of law in post-conflict territories, the politics of humanitarian and development assistance, elections and exit strategies, and the future of state-building.

Chesterman looks at the UN's role in countries' transitions from war to peace through periods of international supervision. Elections can be part of a state-building project or peace process: in Cambodia in 1992-93 the UN empowered a transitional administration which held elections and then withdrew. But UN administrations have held election after election in Bosnia since 1995, and in Kosovo since 1999, but show no signs of leaving.

The `Ombudsperson Institution' in Kosovo reported in 2002 that the UN `Interim' Administration there "is not structured according to democratic principles, does not function in accordance with the rule of law, and does not respect important international human rights norms. The people of Kosovo are therefore deprived of protection of their basic rights and freedoms three years after the end of the conflict by the very entity set up to guarantee them."

In Iraq, troops will stay after the January election, till the end of 2005, we are told. But this hostile military occupation after an illegal invasion is neither building an independent state, nor achieving peace. Likewise in Afghanistan: rebuilding there is negligible (completed reconstruction projects totalled less than $200 million by May 2003), and warlords still rule the country.

The US state has interpreted civil wars, humanitarian crises, lack of democracy, and `failed and failing states' as `threats to international peace and security', and has taken control of such states. Its constants are military occupation for bases, pipelines and oil, in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq alike. Colonialism is now rightly condemned as an international crime, but the US state still does it, under UN cover. And the record indeed shows that a foreign autocracy cannot build democratic, sovereign states.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wit, candor, brevity, and analysis of a very high order 20 Sept. 2004
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Format: Hardcover
Chesterman, director of an international institute at New York University, has made an original study of how new institutions can be created in such war-damaged countries as Bosnia, Cambodia, and East Timor. In his book the weight of the subject and the depth of the research are supported by wit, candor, brevity, and analytical writing of a very high order. Although the occupation of Iraq is just one of many cases that Chesterman considers, his book provides, among other things, a guide to the problems of transitional occupation that is extraordinarily relevant to America's current difficulties.

-- Brian Urquhart - New York Review of Books (Vol 51, No 14)
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