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Europe in the World Research Seminar

Dates:
  • Thu 01 Dec 2016 16.00 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-12-01 16:00 2016-12-01 18:00 Europe/Paris Europe in the World Research Seminar

Eva-Maria Muschik | Max Weber Fellow

How to Build a State? The United Nations in Libya and Somaliland in the 1950s

Postwar multilateral cooperation is often viewed as an attempt to overcome the limitations of the nation-state system. This presentation shows that the establishment of United Nations development aid in fact supported the proliferation of the nation-state form on a global scale since 1945, while simultaneously rendering state sovereignty a less meaningful barrier to outside intervention. More specifically, this presentation will explore the role of the UN in the former Italian colonies of Libya and Somaliland, which became early testing grounds of UN state-building in the 1950s. Approaching state-formation as primarily a technical challenge for international experts rather than as a political process, the presentation argues that the UN pioneered a new form of state-building through development assistance in those years and helped to establish the practice of international technocratic governance as a plausible solution to the world’s political problems.

Chair: Jonathan Greenwood | Max Weber Fellow

Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Eva-Maria Muschik | Max Weber Fellow

How to Build a State? The United Nations in Libya and Somaliland in the 1950s

Postwar multilateral cooperation is often viewed as an attempt to overcome the limitations of the nation-state system. This presentation shows that the establishment of United Nations development aid in fact supported the proliferation of the nation-state form on a global scale since 1945, while simultaneously rendering state sovereignty a less meaningful barrier to outside intervention. More specifically, this presentation will explore the role of the UN in the former Italian colonies of Libya and Somaliland, which became early testing grounds of UN state-building in the 1950s. Approaching state-formation as primarily a technical challenge for international experts rather than as a political process, the presentation argues that the UN pioneered a new form of state-building through development assistance in those years and helped to establish the practice of international technocratic governance as a plausible solution to the world’s political problems.

Chair: Jonathan Greenwood | Max Weber Fellow


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Department of History and Civilization
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Research seminar

Organiser:
Federico Romero (EUI - HEC)
Professor Ulrich Krotz (EUI - RSCAS and SPS)
Richard Maher (EUI - RSCAS)

Contact:
Mia Saugman - Send a mail

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