'Up to now the role of the Secretaries General and Secretariat of the UN has been almost entirely ignored in the literature on North-South relations since the end of the Cold War. Richard Al-Qaq gives us the first scholarly and comprehensive analysis of the centrality of the Secretariat in this re-orientation both at the level of discursive strategies and legitimation and at an operational level. ... For those concerned with conflicts or humanitarian crises in Africa, Al-Qaq's case studies on Somalia, Rwanda and Angola raise disturbing questions about the role of the Atlantic powers and of the UN Secretariat in the region, questions which remain enormously relevant to current issues in the region. ... This book is essential reading for those concerned to understand the role of the UN in the post-Cold War South, for those wishing to grasp the role of the Atlantic powers in Africa over the last twenty years and for those concerned with the politics of so-called humanitarian intervention and peace-building.' --Peter Gowan, Professor of International Relations, London Metropolitan University
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