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Vliv teroristických útoků z 11. září 2001 a války proti terorismu G. W. Bushe na mírové operace OSN

Title in English The impact of terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and the war on terrorism of G. W. Bush on UN peace operations


Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Bureš, Oldřich - Šmíd, Tomáš (eds.): Globální bezpečnost v Obamově éře
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Political sciences
Keywords peace operations; United Nations; September 11 terrorist attacks; war on terror
Description United Nations (UN) peace operations have always been influenced by the state of the international system. Terrorist attacks of the 11 September 2001 represent a major break in the development of the international system. It is therefore relevant to ask about the influence of these attacks and of the subsequent fight against terrorism under the leadership of George W. Bush on UN peace operations. The article also devotes attention to the attitude of the United States (US) towards peace operations as of the key player in the international system. It concludes that even though the events of September 11 have induced a major reorientation of the relations within the international system, they have not had any fundamental effect on the UN’s role in keeping international peace and security. The fight against terrorism has not turned into a new dimension of peace operations and thus has not modified their very nature. However, conflict prevention and peacebuilding as key activities of peace operations have become a welcomed contribution to the efforts to eliminate havens for terrorist cells in weak states. This was appreciated especially by the US which in turn has adopted a more cooperative attitude to peace operations than many anticipated.
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