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Learning to Live with a Limited Security Council

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Learning to Live with a Limited Security Council

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The UN Security Council’s influence in global diplomacy has lessened.


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The UN Security Council’s engagement in managing global hot spots has diminished, writes foreign policy expert Richard Gowan in this downbeat report. The unpredictability of the Trump years changed relationships and priorities within the group, and though the Biden administration is reinvigorating America’s involvement, the Security Council now plays less of a role in global crisis mitigation than it once did. Gowan offers students of international affairs an insider’s look at the diplomatic body.

Summary

The UN Security Council’s continuing effectiveness is of concern.

Questions about the UN Security Council have arisen since 2017, when the Trump administration adopted a combative approach to global diplomacy, charting its own course with little regard for the interests of the Council’s other members on a host of issues.

Russia and China stepped up to fill the leadership void, promoting hard-line solutions to knotty situations like that of Syria and sowing confusion about the Council’s future role in managing world conflicts and humanitarian...

About the Author

Richard Gowan is the International Crisis Group’s UN liaison, overseeing the group’s advocacy work there.


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