Flawed Diplomacy: The United Nations & the War on Terrorism
by Victor D. Comras
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There have been numerous attempts to engage the United Nations in a meaningful campaign against state-supported and other terrorist activities. But the inherently political nature of terrorism has made it exceedingly difficult to gain global consensus on who even qualifies as a terrorist, much less agreement on counterterrorism measures to pursue. The rise of al Qaeda, the events of 9/11, the Madrid train bombing, and the London mass transit bombings provided the international community and United Nations with new impetus to respond to terrorism. Although a series of international conventions were adopted and a short-lived independent monitoring group was established, the strategy that UN secretary general Kofi Annan proposed to the General Assembly in May 2006 contains many proposed measures and objectives that remain unfulfilled, thus rendering the UN virtually impotent against terrorism. As one of five Security Council–appointed international monitors on the measures being taken against al Qaeda and the Taliban, Comras had the rare opportunity to observe the UN’s counterterrorism activities. He delves into the UN’s role in dealing with terrorism, explores the international political realities and institutional problems that make it difficult for the UN to successfully implement and monitor counterterrorism measures, and describes both the UN’s successes and failures, ultimately laying out a case for creating a stronger, more effective UN response. Flawed Diplomacy is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the war on terrorism and in gaining knowledge about the UN’s inner workings.
Flawed Diplomacy is a thoughtful and well-written book and a huge step forward toward promoting an understanding of the UN, its poor role in the battle against terrorism and implications for US policy.
--Luis Fleischman in New Jersey Jewish News
From the Author
In 2002, after leaving the Department of State, I was recruited to join a team of five UN international monitors attached to the Security Council's Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee and charged with observing and reporting on the steps countries were taking to comply with the UN sanctions against al Qaeda and the Taliban. Our findings highlighted the clear inadequacies of these counter-terrorism measures and called for further steps to be taken. The excitement and frustration of that work, and our abrupt dismissal when our criticisms began to cut to deep, motivated me to take a more in depth look at the United Nation's role in combating terrorism. This book is a product of that experience and my research.
Flawed Diplomacy provides an insider's candid look at, and tells the story of, the UN's flawed efforts to combat terrorism, and how these efforts were shaped and sometimes sabotaged by conflicting forces and interest groups from inside and outside the United Nations. It delves into the history of the UN response to terrorism and looks closely at the roles now played by the Security Council and General Assembly in addressing the terrorism scourge. It also provides key recommendations for strengthening this international effort.
Hardcover: 284 pages
Publisher: Potomac Books (November 1, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds