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Rethinking the UN Security Council: A Book Launch

1503080209_magicfields_publication-archive_1_1The UN Security Council remains a mysterious body, hid­den most of the time behind a strict security perimeter and many closed door meetings. To understand the Council, it is necessary to penetrate a thick­et of myth and to examine the web of ideology, fear, and ambition that motivates its members. To promote a Council fit for the future, we must be ambitious, with a goal of thor­oughgoing transformation. For one thing is clear: Cautious pragmatism will not do. The book “Of Foxes and Chickens: Oligarchy and Global Power in the UN Security Council” by James A. Paul is based on the author’s unique access to the Council over many years. Providing a new and critical reading of the institution, it considers the Council’s history, its mode of operation, and its many sanctions regimes, military operations, and other initiatives, as well as its role as a “theater” in which great power rivalries are regularly on display.





December 4, 2017 | Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung—New York Office

Rethinking the UN Security Council: A Book Launch

booklaunchTuesday, December 12, 2017, 1:00-3:00 PM
Church Center for the United Nations
Second Floor Conference Room
777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017

The UN Security Council remains a mysterious body, hid­den most of the time behind a strict security perimeter and many closed door meetings. To understand the Council, it is necessary to penetrate a thick­et of myth and to examine the web of ideology, fear, and ambition that motivates its members. To promote a Council fit for the future, we must be ambitious, with a goal of thor­oughgoing transformation. For one thing is clear: Cautious pragmatism will not do.

The book “Of Foxes and Chickens: Oligarchy and Global Power in the UN Security Council” by James A. Paul is based on the author’s unique access to the Council over many years. Providing a new and critical reading of the institution, it considers the Council’s history, its mode of operation, and its many sanctions regimes, military operations, and other initiatives, as well as its role as a “theater” in which great power rivalries are regularly on display.

James A. Paul was long a major figure in the UN NGO com­munity. He served on numerous boards and committees and has written many articles, reviews, policy papers, and books on international relations and global politics. He is the founder of the NGO Working Group on the Security Council.

Join for a discussion of the book with the author and other experts. In this conversation they will reflect on how to deconstruct the myths that shape understandings of the UN Security Council and consider the possibility of  much-needed reform.

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The event is sponsored by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office.

Co-sponsors are: Civicus, Global Action to Prevent War, Global Policy Forum, Institute for Public Accuracy, International Student Movement for the UN, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy, Mennonite UN Office, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Peace Boat, United Methodist Church, Board of Church and Society, World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy

 

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