Is the U.N. Security Council Doomed to Become Irrelevant?

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., walks past food parcels included as part of humanitarian aid shipments to Syria, during a visit to the border crossing in Reyhanli, southern Turkey, May 24, 2017 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., walks past food parcels included as part of humanitarian aid shipments to Syria, during a visit to the border crossing in Reyhanli, southern Turkey, May 24, 2017 (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici).

The United Nations Security Council faces a prolonged crisis of confidence. Mounting tensions between the United States, Russia and China have stopped the council from taking serious action in response to crises in Syria, Ukraine and Burundi, among others. If those underlying tensions continue to worsen, the forum is likely to become ever more marginal to global affairs. The Security Council is a lot more active than it was in the worst days of the Cold War. In 1959, it mustered the will to pass just one resolution. It has churned out 20 in the first half of 2017. But […]

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