STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Waiting for Godot*: India and United Nations Security Council Reform

Rajeesh Kumar is Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • November 2017
    Volume: 
    41
    Issue: 
    6
    Articles

    This article analyses the history of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform with a particular focus on India’s aspiration and attempts to become a permanent member on the Council. The primary objectives of this historical examination are to appreciate how hard reforming the UNSC is and to understand how challenging it will be for India to acquire a permanent seat on the Council. Probing the General Assembly debates on UNSC reform, the article exposes the fundamental hurdles to change, the duplicity of the permanent five (P-5) and lack of unity among the stakeholders. Accordingly, the article aims to contribute to future strategies and policies of UNSC reforms.

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