Naval War College Review


George Allison


Almost as significant as the defeat of Iraq in the recent Gulf war was the United Nations' role in authorizing and coordinating inter­ national military efforts. The potency of the UN mandate for the use of force enabled rapid mobilization of the world 's armed forces and greatly strengthened the bonding of the alliance against Iraq. No longer just a debating society, the UN has attained considerable influence in formulating and directing global policy, and the world now sees the UN as a legitimate participant in the conduct of international events.