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Members of the U.N. Security Council meet in 2019 as calls for UNSC reform have disappeared. Members of the U.N. Security Council gather for a meeting on Syria, U.N. Headquarters, New York, April 30, 2019 (AP photo by Kathy Willens).

Why Is No One Talking About UNSC Reform Anymore?

Monday, June 3, 2019

It wasn't so long ago that there was a legitimate push to expand the United Nations Security Council. So why have the calls for UNSC reform disappeared?

Among the mysteries of contemporary world politics is the lack of high-level debate over reforming the United Nations Security Council. U.N. membership has expanded dramatically since 1945, from 51 to 193 nations, and the global economy has experienced tectonic shifts, especially in the past 30 years. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the seven largest Western economies—three of which have permanent seats on the council—accounted for 51 percent of global economic output. Today they account for only 30 percent. A decade and a half ago, many voices insisted that the council must expand to retain its legitimacy and effectiveness. They have since fallen silent. ...

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