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Security Index Journal (International Edition) on UN Peacekeeping

19.06.2014

MOSCOW, JUNE 19, 2014. PIR PRESS – “The UN is a relic of World War II, and it must undergo a profound reform; at the very least, that reform must change the way the UN Security Council operates. We need to prevent situations whereby the vote of a single UNSC member paralyzes the work of the entire organization and becomes a death sentence to tens or even hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the conflict zone,” – writes the expert of the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Shumilin for Security Index journal.

Amid the civil war in Syria and the general potential for conflict in the Middle East in 2013, questions are being asked as to the effectiveness of international peacekeeping in this day and age. There is also the need to assess the role of the UN in conflict settlement in the region, the political obstacles facing the peacekeeping efforts, and possible alternative ways of organizing peacekeeping activities.

The President of the Institute for Middle East Studies in Moscow Dr. Evgeny Satanovsky debates these issues with the head of the Center for Analysis of Middle Eastern Conflict at the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dr. Alexander Shumilin on the pages of Security Index journal.

“The UN is a relic of World War II, and it must undergo a profound reform; at the very least, that reform must change the way the UN Security Council operates. We need to prevent situations whereby the vote of a single UNSC member paralyzes the work of the entire organization and becomes a death sentence to tens or even hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in the conflict zone,” – writes Dr. Alexander Shumilin.

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