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The Chapter VII of the UN Charter and its article 43 particularly lays the foundations of a collective security organization But is the UN a truly collective security organizationWhat follows is an attempt to examine the UN in terms of collective security In this regard firstly we address the concept of collective security from a theoretical perspective Accordingly we examine then the security system provided by the UN in order to determine to what extent it provides a collective security system Finally we provide some conclusions in regard to the importance of the UN in the world and particularly to LiberalsCollective Security a theoretical approachThough the collective security theory appears in contrast to realism in order to fully understand the concept of collective security is crucial to take into account that it starts from realistic assumptions as Mearsheimer points out 19945 28 Yet collective security postulates that is possible to overcome the realist self-help and balance of power world where conflict is always a possibility by mitigating anarchy and security competition through a collective security system able to provide peace and stabilityThe idea of collective security is based on the notion of all-for-one and one-for-all Miller 1999 This means peace can be guaranteed since in the event that one or more states use force against any other the rest ones agree to undertake collective action against the aggressors in order to stop the aggression and maintain the common peace under the logic that an attack on one is considered an attack on all of them Gordenker and Weiss 1993 3-4 Naidu 1975 17Furthermore in an effective collective security system war can be prevented since potential aggressors are aware that they will face a theoretically overwhelming opposing coalition if they aggress And deterrence provided by collective security makes possible that competition self-help world gives room for cooperation collective security world and so stability Kupchan and Kupchan 1991 118 Miller 1999 Cooperation in turn is
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