A1 Journal article – refereed
United Nations Security Council Reform Revisited: A Proposal

List of Authors: Ville Lättilä, Aleksi Ylönen
Publisher: Routledge
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Diplomacy and Statecraft
Journal name in source: Diplomacy and Statecraft
Volume number: 30
Issue number: 1
eISSN: 1557-301X


The United Nations [UN] came into being following the Second World War. Resembling earlier efforts of co-operation by the most powerful states of the international system, it was an attempt to effect global governance through the maintenance of international peace and security amongst states. However, led by its main executive organ, the Security Council, the UN has been unable to prevent and effectively deal with armed conflicts and mass atrocities in a number of situations. Over the years, the inability of the UN Security Council to take collective action has resulted in its ineffectiveness in dealing with war and humanitarian crises. This situation has led to calls for Security Council reform and has generated several initiatives to that end. This analysis discusses major shortcomings of the Security Council, analyses prominent reform initiatives, and introduces a proposal, the “Two-Layered Regional Model,” for Security Council reform.

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