The Security Council at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: To What Extent Is It Willing and Able to Maintain International Peace and Security?

The Security Council at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: To What Extent Is It Willing and Able to Maintain International Peace and Security?

The Security Council at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: To What Extent Is It Willing and Able to Maintain International Peace and Security?

The Security Council at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: To What Extent Is It Willing and Able to Maintain International Peace and Security?

Synopsis

This study looks at the United Nations Security Council through the prism of major international security issues since the end of the Cold War. Special emphasis is placed on explaining how the Security Council deals with new threats and challenges, how it intervenes in conflicts, and on its interactions with international actors, in particular, great powers, regional organizations and non-state actors. The publication provides a valuable contribution to explaining the day-to-day functioning of the Council and provides thought provoking analysis of its role in today's world.

Excerpt

This study was originally published by UNIDIR, jointly with the Institut Français des Relations Internationales, in 2002 under the title “Le Conseil de sécurité à l’aube du XXIème siècle”.

The present edition, updated and translated into English, comes after heated controversy surrounding the role of the Security Council with reference to Iraq, and a continued upsurge of concerns related to terrorism and to weapons of mass destruction, notably in the hands of non-state actors.

The author, an experienced practitioner of Security Council diplomacy, brings a personal and sobering perspective on the Council’s performance in carrying out its “primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security”, entrusted by the Charter of the United Nations.

Unlike numerous existing works, which deal with the Security Council through the angle of one or a few specific international crises, Pascal Teixeira’s focus is on the Council in itself, through the successive prisms of major international security issues since the end of the Cold War. In so doing, he provides a valuable contribution to explaining the day-to-day functionin-too little known outside the circle of experts and diplomats with direct experience of the Security Council.

In the midst of numerous categorical—and often hasty—judgements about the Security Council’s supposed irrelevance or obsolescence, this book should provide food for better-informed thought.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.