Thesis Title

Security Council Reform in the Context of Global Policy

Date of Graduation

Fall 2004

Degree

Master of Global Studies

Department

History

Committee Chair

Kenneth Rutherford

Keywords

Security Council, veto reform, global policy, United Nations, cooperative security

Subject Categories

International and Area Studies

Abstract

Reform of the veto of the United Nations Security Council is necessary to allow the Council to adapt to a shifting security climate and to make the Council more efficient, democratic, credible, legitimate and accountable to the global community. With a transformation of the nation-state towards a rising global authority emphasising human rights, reconciliation towards a global policy for human security under the United Nations would reflect this evolution. Accordingly, the problems for reform of the Security Council are symptomatic of deep structural and policy issues within the UN system and global political system as a whole. These embedded problems affect the feasibility of the specific question of veto reform. Thus, a gradual approach for reform is advocated, beginning with the limitation of veto use to avert disagreement of the permanent Council members, to eventual elimination of the veto.

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© Olga E. Gordon

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