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Democracy goes to WarBritish Military Deployments under International Law$
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Nigel White

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218592

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218592.001.0001

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From Korea to Kuwait: Britain and Coalitions of the Willing

From Korea to Kuwait: Britain and Coalitions of the Willing

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Democracy goes to War

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The deployment of large numbers of British troops to both Korea in 1950 and to Kuwait in 1990 followed similar domestic and international legal paths, though the political contexts were quite different, one occurring at the outset of the Cold War and the other at its end. Britain was instrumental in shaping the idea of coalitions acting under the authority of the UN as an alternative to the more centralized application of military force envisaged under the UN Charter. This chapter traces the Parliamentary and international political debates that led to the development of this as a form of lawful military action. In particular, it concentrates on why it was necessary to obtain UN authority for these actions when they could readily be justified as exercise of the right of collective defence.

Keywords:   charter development, UN military operations, Korean War, North Korea, invasion of Kuwait, Desert Storm, UN Charter

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