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IS 2054 UN & Terrorism

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These notes cover the lectures on the UN and Terrorism during the week of 3/28/16-4/1/16.
Intro to World Politics
Courtney Thomas
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IS, is 2054, International Studies, World politics, Intro to World Politics, terrorism, UN, political science
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Date Created: 04/02/16
UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16 Failure of League of Nations  League of nations was established after WWI to make future wars impossible but it lacked  effective power o Both bodies­ League Assembly & League Council­ could make recommendations but not binding resolutions o All recommendations had to be unanimous  o No mechanism for coordinating military or economic action against states o Lack of participation by Great Power (US) What Wilson & many others didn’t understand is that many European countries were angry and wanted  revenge or retribution.  United Nations  Established in aftermath of WWII  Legitimacy derived from universal membership o All sovereign states are invited to participate  Mandate includes o Security o Economic & social development o Protection of human rights o Environmental sustainability  New threat: nuclear warfare  UN Charter  UN charter is treaty ratified by all member states  Established 4 purposes: o To maintain international peace & security o To develop friendly relations among nations (states) o To cooperate in solving international problems & in promoting respect for human rights o To be center for harmonizing actions of nations (states)  Primary Challenge  UN is institution comprised of sovereign independent states o Tension btw state sovereignty & individual rights has been subject of constant debate &  disagreement o Sovereignty often limits UN actions  Protecting sovereignty is the most important goal o Article 2(7): nothing contained in present charter shall authorize UN to intervene in  matters which are essentially w/in domestic jurisdiction of any state o BUT UN has moral standing in international community­ UN support for program, action or intervention often provides legitimacy  Sovereignty will win over intervention in the name of preventing war  UN Organs: **will need to match these on the test**  Security Council UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16 Security Council  Designed to promote international peace & security  15 members at all times  o 5 permanent members w/ veto power: US, France, GB, Russia, China o Called the P5 o Many calls for reform!  Add new permanent members w/ veto power  Eliminate veto power and/or permanent membership  10 non­permanent members  o Measures are binding & must be passed by 9 vote majority  Range of options o Principles for settlement o Mediation o Peacekeeping mission o Economic sanctions/arms embargo o “all necessary means”  General Assembly  “Parliament of nations”  Each state has one vote o 2/3 majority required for major recommendations (admission of new members/budget)  o Majority required for most recommendations  May tackle any issue o “blood diamonds” o Space race o Sustainable development o Migration  Opinion leader in international relations/world politics  o Very good at drafting issues to discuss  o Put treaties out that many countries choose to jump on Secretariat  Led by secretary general  Administrative/executive body of the UN o Research functions o Bureaucratic body­lacks power/right of initiative   Can “bring situations that are likely to lead to breakdown of international peace & security” to  attention of Security Council  Economic & Security Council  Coordinates work of UN agencies w/ Secretariat relative to economic & social work  Consults w/ NGOs  Oversees UN system o Specialized agencies  Independent; self­contained politically & financially UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16 o Programs & funds  Managed by General Assembly & funded on voluntary basis UN organizations   UN is comprised of number of specialized organizations, programs, & funds including o International Labor Organization (ILO) o Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) o World Health Organization (WHO) o United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) o United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Trusteeship Council  Created in early 1950s to provide international supervision for 11 trust territories administered by 7 member states  Goal: to transition to independence & self­gov’t   Accomplished goal by 1994  Now meets as necessary  Members: US, France, GB, China, Russia International Court of Justice  15 judges elected by General Assembly & Security Council  Participation is voluntary but once a state agrees to participate it is bound by court’s decisions  Provides advisory opinions to UN agencies upon request  Terrorism 3.30.16 UN Peacekeeping  UN can send a UN peacekeeping force under UN command to stand btw parties to dispute after  ceasefire o Can only use its weapons in self defense o Established w/ consent at host state o Does not include focuses from major powers  Rwanda, 1994, and problems  UN can also send peace enforcement designed to achieve humanitarian ends o Deployed when order has collapsed w/in states (civil war) & international conflicts  o i.e. massive earthquake in a capital city and normal response team was unavailable.  UN can send peace squad until civilian establishment can surface   UN peacekeeping force was not in Rwanda to stop a genocide.  o Their instructions:  Act as escorts for diplomatic groups  Facilitate repatriation   But when killings started, they were powerless.   UN wouldn’t let them, and refused over and over to change its peacekeeping  rules.   UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16  When one important guy was killed, mission changed under Romeo Dallaire:  Evacuate some people (French, German, British, US citizens from  country), and then get the UN out of Rwanda.   60 days later, a million people are dead.  Romeo Dallaire helped create R2P o Responsibility to protect Events W/in States  UN increasingly responds to events w/in sovereign states o Political & civil rights o Food, water, health care, shelter o Ethnic cleansing/genocide o Civil war or unrest  Justification: lack of internal justice endangers international order o Hotly contested  Threatens peace   Statehood & sovereignty: If you violate the rules, you lose both  o UN’s primary mission is still to defer to sovereignty of independent states o BUT is statehood conditional upon respect for human rights? Most critical environmental issues internationally:  Island building  Climate change  Deforestation  Pollution   Overfishing  Extraction of resources   Poaching   Access to water  Desertification  Carbon emissions  Loss of farmland  Water wars  Loss of plant & animal species  Loss of biodiversity  Genetic modifications Global Problem  Environmental destruction is a global problem requiring global solutions o Not an international problem o Closely associated w/ globalization, development, & races to the bottom of regulatory  frameworks   Threatens environmental principles  o Relocation of industry UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16 o Better standards of living o Increased access to income o Increased waste & pollution o Threat of neo­liberal policies re: resources o Strain on farmland, water resources, air quality, etc  The other side  Yet globalization also offers some potential solutions o Economic development & population control o Incentives to price externalities into cost of goods o Innovative approaches to environmental sustainability o Growth of the “think globally”  Tragedy of the Commons  Resources that are held in common in absence of governance, regulation & conservation are often abused & exploited o Oceans, space, air, atmosphere  No global gov’t but global GOVERNANCE o Enforcement? o Funding? o Free riding? o State actors vs non state actors? Series of Wake up calls  Bhopal  Chernobyl  Acid rain  DDT  Exxon Valdez oil spill  Policy Frameworks  Prior to 1972: a few international conventions but primarily at periphery of politics o International Whaling convention  1972 forward: o UN conference on the Human environment & UN Environment Program  o Establishment of environmental agencies by numerous national gov’ts o Explosion of environmental NGOs o Increased attention of TNCs (Bhopal) o Scientific research (gov’t agencies, NGOs, universities, etc) o World meteorological organization, international union for the conservation of nature, etc – need for public funding  Tensions emerged Sustainable development  During 90s & 2000s poverty eradication became global priority UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16 o But clean water, sanitation, agricultural improvements & development often brought  concerned about environmental sustainability   How would global community eradicate poverty while promoting environmental sustainability o Two approaches: bottom­up & top­down  Capacity building: one of most important ways to see the developing world get better at  sustainability.   European countries recognize these needs, most do  o The US is the outlier. They are the only country that have refused to sign on to basic  environmental regulations.  State sanctioned/sponsored terror Terrorism Defined  The use of violence by sub­state groups to inspire fear by attacking civilians and/or symbolic  targets for purposes such as drawing widespread attention to a grievance, provoking a severe  response, or wearing down their opponent’s moral resolve to affect political change  o It is not just violence; it is political  Whose Terrorist?  Terrorism is a strategy undertaken by structurally weak minorities against structurally more  powerful political agents & institutions  o Often in name of extremist ideology  Groups resort to terrorism rather than other forms of political violence because their objectives  lack broad appeal  Goal is some form of political change  Terrorists often disregard the ‘rules” warfare & conflict o Use of violence against non­combatants & “soft” targets o Washington during the Revolutionary war  Legitimacy   Often considered more legitimate if tactics conform to rules of “just war” tradition  Challenges notion of state’s monopoly on violence  But groups that use terrorist tactics reject legitimacy of state or its gov’t & claim that their efforts  are morally justified  Are their goals democratic or nondemocratic?  Are targets domestic or international?  Sub­national to Global  Terrorism has been around for centuries  Early terrorists operated against domestic targets o Their impact was limited to single state  Transnational terrorism emerged in mid­1900s o Expansion of commercial air travel o Availability of televised new coverage  UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16 o Broad political & ideological interests among extremists that intersected around a  common cause Linkages to Globalization  Technologies associated w/ globalization are also associated w/ terrorism o Communication o Organization o Propaganda o Transportation o Banking & finance  Role of Air Travel  Air travel allowed terrorists from one country to attack in another o Lack of airport security measures  Hijacking was both effective & relatively easy o States acquiesced to demands ­> encouraged tactic o Often demanded money release of prisoners, etc o Learned from one another  Led to implementation of numerous security measures o Decades before we’d see similar measures in the US o These people are not messing around­ portacaths & teddy bears  Pan Am Flight 103  Crashed in Lockerbie Scotland in 1988 killing 270 people  Role of Libya  Bombing that brought terrorism into American living rooms  o First time that international terrorism became a reality for a lot of Americans  Role of Television  Television provided much broader audience for terrorists  Increased awareness of terrorist motivations & objectives Decade of Terrorism: 1980­1990  Suicide bombings  Hijackings  3 trends o Fewer attacks that were more deadly & more indiscriminate o Increasing sophistication of attacks  Types of Terrorist Groups  Left wing  Right wing  Ethno­nationalist/separatist  o In many cases, terrorist wing of this group has a lot of legitimacy  Legitimate concerns & grievances  UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16  Religious/sacred  Ethno­nationalist: Tamil tigers  Ethno­nationalist movement in Sri lanka that used terror to fight against the gov’t  Recognized as terrorists by many gov’ts but as liberation movement by many others  Tactics used by gov’t against tigers gave movement more legitimacy  Pioneers in suicide bombings   Accused of ethnic cleansing, use of child soldiers, arms dealing, piracy, & other  atrocities/criminal acts  Winners write history: Tigers were defeated in 2009 o Subjective to reeducation projects o Sri Lankan gov’t has sent in army to kill entire villages Right Wing: OK City  1995 domestic terrorist attack in US killing 168  Right wing terrorist attack on gov’t of US  Questioned legitimacy of US gov’t  Ruby Ridge & Waco  Role of the Turner Diaries o Blueprint for 2  American revolution   Threshold of violence; deaths of children  o Represents when you go too far o If you cross threshold, you lose your supporters  o The bomber lost his support because he killed so many children  Left wing: Ecoterrorism: #1 domestic terrorist threat in the US per FBI   Left­wing movement  Doesn’t usually target civilians, but it targets property  Goal: target as much property as possible in order to cause mass damage & stop research on  animals   Many different groups  Animal Liberation Front, Earth Liberation Front, etc  Violence and/or sabotage committed in support of ecological, environmental, or animal rights  causes  Primarily property damage  Often against corporations  Tree spiking, arson, bombing animal release, etc  Eye of the beholder?  Fighting Terrorism  National measures o Airport security o Anti­terror laws o Special counter­terrorism task forces & LEOs UN 3.28.16 Terrorism  3.30.16 Terrorism Continued 4.1.16  International measures o More difficult o International civil aviation organization o Interpol: Public safety & terrorism sub­directorate o War on Terror (Coalition of the Willing) o Human Rights Watch (terrorists & states that fight terrorism) 


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