Monday, March 21, 2005

Nice Try.


Kofi Annan proposed today major reforms at the UN. Among them he wants a full restructuring of the National Security Council to better represent a global consensus on UN action. Also, he's interested in creating a democracy fund to help third world nations institute democracies.

All of this sounds great. The UN is a weakened entity with little to offer the world. Restructuring and rethinking how it operates sounds like a good idea. It's all good food for thought. Sadly, I doubt much of it will result in any action.

6 Comments:

Blogger mindful said...

The UN could certainly use a little reform. But for now, what Annan is proposing looks like its just more of the same. In particular, the great power security council veto just doesn't make sense any more. Either give it only to the great powers (i.e., not France), or give it to nobody. Like you say, vavoom, only time will tell.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

mindful: How right you are. Granting veto power to an exclusive body is far more sensible. Just curious -- who do you think the great powers are?

8:08 PM  
Blogger mindful said...

At this point in time, I would put China, India (maybe not yet, but soon...), Russia, and the US on the list. Brazil is also up and coming. I don't know about Russia's future, but the other four are countries with very large work forces and well-established educational and research priorities. Certainly not France, or even Great Britain. Am I forgetting anyone?

1:21 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

I'm surprised you'd exclude the UK. They've got a decent military and their economy is better than most. What about Japan? It seems like you're focusing on growing nations. Does growth imply strength? Does it imply having the wisdom to be a part of the security council?

1:43 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

Good post. Kofi's trying to save his... Security Council-U.S., U.K., Japan, India, Russia. Knowing the U.N. it will probably be China, North Korea, Cuba, Venzuela and Iran.

2:29 PM  
Blogger mindful said...

Like I said, I don't think there should be a veto power, although it might make sense to have a much smaller security council consisting only of "great powers". But I see your point on the UK and Japan.

4:44 PM  

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