Why Is No One Talking About UNSC Reform Anymore?

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).
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).

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. […]

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