Will the Korean Crisis Finally Bring the UN into the Asian Century?
by Richard Gowan
The U.N. has a long history of engaging in Asian crises, from authorizing American-led troops to fight in Korea in 1950 to helping end Nepal’s civil war just over a decade ago. Yet it is now a marginal player in most of the region’s trouble spots. Whereas the organization has roughly 90,000 peacekeepers in the Middle East and Africa, its only peacekeeping operation in Asia involves 42 military observers in Kashmir.
Yet over the past year, the Korean crisis has suddenly and unexpectedly shown how Asian powers could use the U.N. in the future.
Read the full World Politics Review article by CIC Non-Resident Fellow Richard Gowan here.