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The UN Security Council between Rifts and Reform

Talk of reforming the UN Security Council is gaining currency, due in part to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

But the obstacles are many.

A more modest vision of what the body should be and what it can achieve is probably best for now.

Prior to the pandemic, the ambassadors of the fifteen UN Security Council member states took time to reflect on the state of the world every summer, heading out to an estate on Long Island for discussions with the Secretary-General.

The conclave was, as Crisis Group noted in advance of the last one to occur before COVID-19’s onset in 2019, a chance “to discuss ways to ease relations” after…

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