Date of Award

Spring 5-23-2015

Document Type

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations


Political Science & International Relations


Dr. Mike Williams



The United Nations is an institution that has been constantly critiqued regarding its efficacy as well as its equitability. In order to analyze this institution in the modern era, it becomes necessary to understand it in light of history, specifically the integral influence of the end of the Cold War. In this paper I will analyze several different aspects of this institution: I will first provide a historical overview of the United Nations and distinguish between the different peace operations. I will answer the questions as to how the end of the Cold War transformed the Peacekeeping Operations, how success is determined in a mission, and what future adaptations should be made so that the United Nations Peacekeeping remains legitimate in the changing times. I will specifically look at the prevalence and possible beneficial shift of power and responsibility of the Security Council as well as the mission mandates and the language used within these mandates.

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