Unfortunately, conditions for the greater part of the period since the end of the Second World War have been extremely unfavourable to the operation of collective security. Among other factors, the division of the world into ideo logical, religious and regional camps made it inevitable that any ‘aggression’ would have significant support. The notion of the universally condemned
Box 12.2 Major UN observer missions*
• UN Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO): Middle East, 1948-; maximum strength, 572.