Foreign Policy Implications Of The United Nations And The Cold War

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The history of the Cold War is well-known to foreign policy analysis scholars, yet the United Nations’ role and its lost opportunities in the Cold War era remain largely undervalued, overlooked and misinterpreted. This paper attempts to sort out this missing puzzle and its current foreign policy implications.
After the failure of the League of Nations, the foundation of the United Nations as a result of the conclusion of the WWII was the second brave political endeavour to unite nation states into a collective security system with the initial dream of a community of nations defending human rights and promoting collective good. When the Cold War plagued the world with its bipolar conflicts, the United Nations was, to a large extent, excluded from important issues and standing impotently at the margin of the political fight, far from achieving its primary goals. Nevertheless, the UN
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Its participation in the subsequent Korean crisis also led many to assume that the UN would have some impact on the Cold War. However, in the aftermath of the Korean War, the United Nations was often left alone from the central crises. While successive Secretaries General sought to expand the role for the UN, it could hardly go further than issuing non-binding General Assembly declarations about a variety of concerns (O’Sullivan, 2015)..
East-West tensions frequently paralyzed the United Nations, for instance, the early controversy of the admission of new member states. Before 1955, the United States thwarted the admission of countless Soviet followers while the Soviet Union, in turn, blocked pro-Western states. Moreover, the Cold War made collective action overwhelmingly difficult, as both the United States and the Soviet Union had permanent seats on the Security Council with veto

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