Minimum Order: The role of the Security Council in an era of major power competition

Gowan, Richard (2018). Minimum Order: The role of the Security Council in an era of major power competition. United Nations University.

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  • Subtitle The role of the Security Council in an era of major power competition
    Sub-type Discussion paper
    Author Gowan, Richard
    Title Minimum Order: The role of the Security Council in an era of major power competition
    Publication Date 2018-12-03
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 19
    Language eng
    Abstract What is the purpose of the Security Council in an era of worsening great power tensions? Divisions among its five permanent members (or P5) have repeatedly undermined the United Nations in recent years. The council has failed to halt the catastrophic wars in Syria and Yemen, had no substantive impact on the conflict in Ukraine, and been silent over the international contest for control of the South China Sea. A cursory survey of geopolitical trends suggests that the council’s difficulties are only likely to mount in the years ahead. Three of the five veto-wielding powers – China, Russia and the United States – increasingly frame their antagonisms in Cold War terms. Their animosities are affecting multiple dimensions of international cooperation, from global trade to non-proliferation. If this strategic competition intensifies, there is a high risk that it will further undercut council diplomacy.
    UNBIS Thesaurus NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION
    MULTILATERALISM
    GEOPOLITICS
    DIPLOMACY
    Keyword United Nations
    United Nations General Assembly
    UN Security Council
    UN reform
    Multilateralism
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280865011
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