By Stephen Kinloch Pichat

A clean exam of the origins, evolution and way forward for proposals for a UN 'Legion' - an everlasting army strength recruited, knowledgeable and deployed by means of the UN.

This new booklet exhibits how this concept has grown, re-emerged and advanced in direct reference to the advance of UN overseas army forces. The legionnaires were visible because the destiny representatives of a latest constabulary, overseas police or humanitarian chivalry. they've got additionally always evoked the belief of mercenaries and resurrected fears of supranational govt and a 'world army'. this type of strength has been unimaginable while wanted, no longer wanted while possible, revealing the deficiencies of the overseas process within the point of view of a selected activity. the belief highlights the inadequacy of the skill in comparison to the targets, and the boundaries of the UN's means to evolve itself to new demanding situations.

This learn examinmes how the venture of a UN 'Legion' is conditional at the viability of the unique Utopia, and vice versa. It additionally argues that the intense polarization of the controversy may perhaps mirror an inclination to negate the inherent contradictions of truth, reminding us of the historic size of the construction of a global association, a 'work in progress'.

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M. Eastman, ‘A United Nations Guard, Historical Background’, International Journal, 4, Spring (1949), p. 45. A review of historical precedents up to the creation of the UN can be found in A. , Paris, 1952), pp. 14–84. 2. A Commentary on the Charter of the United Nations Signed at San Francisco on the 26th June 1945 Presented by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to Parliament by Command of His Majesty (London: HMSO, 1945), p. 3. 3. F. Seyersted, United Nations Forces in the Law of Peace and War (Leiden: A.

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14 Particularly illustrative of the expectations raised by the prospect of a new international organization during this period are: Ely Culbertson’s plan for a ‘world federation’, first mooted in 1942; Harold E. Stassen’s ‘blueprint for a world government’ one year later; and Victor Altman’s concept of an ‘international police and world security’, in 1945. An expert on mass psychology, Ely Culbertson was better known for writing books on card games, particularly Bridge. However, born out of a personal interest in building a ‘new system for a Co-operative of Nations’, his ‘world federation plan’ was presented as the result of his lifelong research.

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