The Security Council and Conflict Prevention

Gowan, Richard (2021). The Security Council and Conflict Prevention. United Nations University.

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  • Subtitle Entry Points for Diplomatic Action
    Sub-type Policy brief
    Author Gowan, Richard
    Title The Security Council and Conflict Prevention
    Publication Date 2021-03-02
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 24
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper explores how members of the Security Council can design and implement preventive diplomatic strategies in response to emerging, escalating and acute crises. The Council’s behaviour in crisis situations is often reactive and far from strategic. Council members regularly struggle with (i) uncertainty over conflict dynamics; (ii) divergent national interests; and (iii) the lack of clear policy options for managing a situation. These limitations reflect not only the inherently chancy nature of conflict prevention – which is always an uncertain business – but also the political limitations of the Council as a factious intergovernmental body. These limits mean that the Council is often only a supporting player, or not a player at all, in preventive efforts led by States or regional organizations. The paper provides options for building a degree of diplomatic coherence around a set of goals within the Council and with other actors, and how the Council can engage directly with actors in a conflict.
    UNBIS Thesaurus MAINTENANCE OF PEACE AND SECURITY
    GROUP CONFLICT PREVENTION
    PREVENTIVE DIPLOMACY
    ARMED CONFLICTS
    DIPLOMACY
    Keyword United Nations
    United Nations Security Council
    Diplomacy
    Conflict Prevention
    Armed Conflict
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280865288
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