Assessing the UN Security Council: A Concert Perspective

Assessing the UN Security Council
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Event Location: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
Event Date: 10/09/2014

An alternative approach to assessing Security Council effectiveness presents itself if the body is thought of less as an instrument for providing global security and more as a grouping of the major powers with the purpose of facilitating harmony within that elite group, or concert of nations. Without denying the Council’s formal governance function, a concert perspective shifts the focus from the body’s ability to resolve external challenges to its impact on relations between permanent members.

Speakers:

Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s former Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2009-2013) and Non-Resident Senior Advisor at the International Peace Institute

H.E. Mr. Guillermo E. Rishchynski, Permanent Representative of Canada

David Bosco, professor, American University’s School of International Service