Naval War College Review


Craig H. Allen


When a longtime Department of State attorney and former member of the prestigious International Law Commis- sion takes the time to recount his con- siderable firsthand observations of the performance of the United Nations, Naval War College Review readers do well to take notice. At a time when a new U.S. geographic command is being stood up in Africa and military forces find their planning and operations cen- ters increasingly visited by coalition, interagency, international, and non- governmental organizational represen- tatives, it is indispensable to have a clear understanding of the evolving role of the UN Security Council and its technical commissions and tribunal in- vestigators. Matheson provides us with an insightful description, one that nicely serves that purpose.