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New Book: Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency

Buch_HammarskjldA new book about UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who influenced fundamental principles and practices of the United Nations, will be launched by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation at Uppsala University House on May 19, 2014. More than fifty years after the death of Hammarskjöld in a plane crash, GPF policy advisor Henning Melber and Carsten Stahn publish a tribute to him. In the book, they critically review his values and experiences in office as well as concepts associated with him, such as an international civil service. Investigations in the book about particular conflicts like the Congo crisis may serve as lessons for contemporary conflict resolution or developing concepts like human security.

May 16, 2014 ǀ Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

New Book: Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency: Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarkjöld

As UN Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld shaped many of the fundamental principles and practices of international organisations, such as preventive diplomacy, the ethics of international civil service, impartiality and neutrality. He was also at the heart of the constitutional foundations and principles of the UN. This tribute and critical review of Hammarskjöld's values and legacy examines his approach towards international civil service, agency and value-based leadership, investigates his vision of internationalism and explores his achievements and failures as Secretary-General. It draws on specific conflict situations and strategies such as Suez and the Congo for lessons that can benefit contemporary conflict resolution and modern concepts such as human security and R2P. It also reflects on ways in which actors such as international courts, tribunals and the EU can benefit from Hammarskjöld's principles and experiences in the fields of peace and security and international justice.

The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Utrikespolitiska Föreningen and Pax & Bellum are organizing a launch event in Uppsala, Sweden on May 19, 2014. For more information on the event, please visit the website of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.

For more info on the book, see the website of CUP.

Source: Cambridge University Press and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.


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