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Complicity with Evil: The United Nations in the Age of Modern Genocide

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From the killing fields of Rwanda and Srebrenica a decade ago to those of Darfur today, the United Nations has repeatedly failed to confront genocide. This is evinced, author and journalist Adam LeBor maintains, in a May 1995 document from Yasushi Akashi, the most senior UN official in the field during the Yugoslav wars, in which he refused to authorize air strikes against ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Yale University Press (first published October 4th 2006)
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Pragya Singh
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is hard-hitting and heartbreaking. I had never imagined the United Nations to be a perfect, utopian organization but I was quite unprepared for the sheer apathy displayed at all ranks, the very high propensity towards inaction and their actual connivance with the realpolitik of the member states. The overarching question asked and answered in the book is whether the UN could have done something to prevent the genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur even as they faced uncertainty about t ...more
Brian
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who write the UN off as defunct and useless
Shelves: history, politics
While the book mostly opens up with a typical "these are the sad things the UN has done/failed to do" complaint, it goes on to develop a complete narrative of the UN's roles in both Kosovo and Rwanda. Rather than simply finger point, the author analyzes individual decisions - both the motivations behind them and their unintended consequences - while simultaneously providing lessons that a decade of hindsight has allowed.

The last part of the book covers the ongoing crisis in Darfur and the author
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Gwilym
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Using this book as an aid for my dissertation which will discuss the role of the UN in Srebrenica, Rwanda and Darfur. Lebor provides an excellent analysis of how the failings of the internal UN apparatus has failed civilians on the ground, much to the regret of the peacekeeping generals and senior politicians such as Madeleine Albright.

Interviewing people from all arms of the UN and drawing on his own experiences as a journalist in Sarajevo during the Bosnia-Herzegovina war, the argument Lebor
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Antonio
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: international activists
This book is horrifying. It documents the UN's inaction to stop the three most recent genocides in Serbia, Rwanda and Sudan. It is a resounding condemnation of the politicized, fragmented workings of the UN. It seems the UN, like everything, is beautiful in principle, and atrocious in actual practice. Much blame is put on the P5 countries for failing to act and obstructing actual initiatives put for by non-P5 countries that gave a damn. It seems that the leaders of the world are extremely reluct ...more
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Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just another compelling book to get you angry and pissed at the U.N. (especially the P-5) for being so ignorant.
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Adam LeBor was born in London and read Arabic, international history and politics at Leeds University, graduating in 1983, and also studied Arabic at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He worked for several British newspapers before becoming a foreign correspondent in 1991. He has reported from thirty countries, including Israel and Palestine, and covered the Yugoslav wars for The Times of London ...more
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