18 January, 2021

Inside-Out The Council

The evolution and present dilemmas around the UNSC make for this ­comprehensive account benefiting from a diplomat's experience

Inside-Out The Council

Mention the word UN Security Council (UNSC) and the thoughts of most Indians int­erested in international aff­airs turn to questions such as why India is not yet a permanent member of the UNSC despite our decade-long efforts, whether and when that expansion is likely, and who is thwarting India’s aspiration. But goi­ng behind and beyond these issues, we need a better understanding of the Sec­urity Council itself, how it came to be constituted, its legitimacy, its record over seventy years, and its relevance or inconsequence in the world today.

Dilip Sinha’s book is an excellent read on these larger issues. Sinha, who was our Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, examines the issues by taking into consideration three distinct strands in his analysis: the historical side, tracing the formation and the evolution of the UNSC since 1945; the legal aspects, esp­ecially emphasising that the Council is not so much concerned with legality as with power; and the political dimension that has ultimately prevailed in the Council's functioning in following its...



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