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.


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