Dangerous Diplomacy: Bureaucracy, Power Politics, and the Role of the UN Secretariat in Rwanda

ISBN : 9780198733591

Herman T. Salton
320 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Aug 2017
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Dangerous Diplomacy reassesses the role of the UN Secretariat during the Rwandan genocide. With the help of new sources, including the personal diaries and private papers of the late Sir Marrack Goulding-an Under-Secretary-General from 1988 to 1997 and the second highest-ranking UN official during the genocide-the book situates the Rwanda operation within the context of bureaucratic and power-political friction existing at UN Headquarters in the early 1990s. The book shows how this confrontation led to a lack of coordination between key UN departments on issues as diverse as reconnaissance, intelligence, and crisis management. Yet Dangerous Diplomacy goes beyond these institutional pathologies and identifies the conceptual origins of the Rwanda failure in the gray area that separates peacebuilding and peacekeeping. The difficulty of separating these two UN functions explains why six decades after the birth of the UN, it has still not been possible to demarcate the precise roles of some key UN departments.


Introduction: Bureaucracy, Power, and Tragedy in Rwanda
Part I: Structures
1 Department of Peacekeeping Operations
2 Department of Political Affairs
3 United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda
4 Secretary-General's Office
5 Security Council
Part II: Processes
6 Bureaucracy
7 Intelligence
8 Leadership
9 Morality
10 Peacebuilding
Conclusion: The UN Secretariat, Yesterday, and Today

About the author: 

Herman T. Salton is Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the Asian University for Women, a liberal arts college in Chittagong, Bangladesh, with a support foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts that promotes gender equality and draws students from Asia and the Middle-East. He teaches and publishes in the areas of international politics, international law, human rights, and the United Nations.

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