Ireland and Collective Security
OBLIGATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: IRELAND AND THE UNITED NATIONS, 1955-2005, Kennedy, Michael; McMahon, Deirdre, ed., pp. 281-298, Dublin: Institute of Public Administration, 2005
14 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2009 Last revised: 15 Jan 2011
Date Written: 2006
The aim of this chapter is to reconsider Irish foreign, security and defence policy in the light of the State‘s 52-year long commitment to the UN‘s system of collective security. It will contrast that commitment with Ireland‘s ambivalence towards collective defence and will argue that the 'neutrality‘ debate in Ireland is premised upon a misunderstanding of collective security that has the potential to pose major policy challenges.
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