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Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords and a World of Endless Conflict

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Foreign-affairs journalist Williamm Shawcross travels around the world - Bosnia, Baghdad etc - to paint a messy portrait of the post-cold-war world. Deliver Us from Evil is very much an on-the-ground book, full of reportage & descriptions of world leaders such as UN chief Kofi Annan. It includes a strong point of view: the dewy-eyed, do-gooder mentality that drives so ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 14th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2000)
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Written by a journalist, this book has a lot of reports and insightful descriptions of the working of UN and its quest to maintain its global roles as the world 'policeman'. Another important aspect the book brought to light was the some time tense relationships between the UN and the US (and a little bit of UK too). You'll learn some understanding about the tension between maintaining the global interest versus national interests. Chapter 3 reads pretty much like a brief history of UN intervent ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Carlos rated it liked it
A fairly solid overview of the 1990s and the work of the United Nations to respond to conflict. Better than most journalist-written books, in that Shawcross seems to have a better understanding of the world, the UN, and conflict, which he should given he probably grew up steeped in politics and international law, but there is still not all that much to differentiate it from the many books out there on the subject. However, it is better than most of the books written by the individual players in ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and thorough history of UN peacekeeping during the 1990s. Extremely useful to me as a student of International Relations, delving deep into obscure conflicts and peace processes like Cambodia and East Timor. It would be great if Shawcross could revise and update it to include the last decade and a half, but that would perhaps be asking too much.

I docked a star because of the author's overbearing scepticism about peacekeeping in general. This occasionally spills over into a marked pessi
Erik Graff
Feb 14, 2012 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UN Peacekeeping fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
I picked this up at Border's Bookstor during a lunchbreak from Richard Day Research, a place where I worked for seven years. It was remaindered, so, although new, quite inexpensive. Yugoslavia was much on my mind and this book promised a look at UN peacekeeping efforts there and elsewhere.

What I found was a case-study approach to several peacekeeping efforts, some successful, some not, some mixed in their results. Of most interest was the relative success story of Cambodia--a country about which
Oct 28, 2010 Nurul rated it really liked it
Internal conflict, especially in Balkan, was never glorious for whatever reason. But in 1999, when all the major were failing behind in the eve of severe humanitarian call from the evil site in Balkan, NATO stepped in and deliver them another hell with bombs. Though the NATO peacekeepers were regarded to successfully stop the war, bomb never really means deliver all the war victims from hell. How peacekeeper should act? that what we need to think after reading this book
Tim Tolka
Mar 03, 2013 Tim Tolka rated it it was amazing
This is partly a history of the humanitarian crises of the 90s, partly a history of the United Nations during that time. Shawcross is an adroit storyteller, journalist, and historian. His political analysis of regimes and why they fell apart- as well as how, often, more ghastly injustices were perpetrated after the humanitarian workers arrived- leave an indelible effect on the reader. Not light reading.
Jul 07, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
This book has terrific detail on efforts at humanitarian intervention from Cambodia to East Timor and really sheds light on the reasons for some spectacular failures and modest successes. The conclusions are much weaker than the descriptive portions, unfortunately.
Oct 11, 2012 John rated it really liked it

Impressive, blunt, and eminently readable account of the complexities of peacekeeping, and the UN
Jan 17, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
The book that launched my honours thesis . . .
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