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Reforming the Security Council to Achieve Collective Security

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There exists a need for meaningful reform of Security Council decision making about the use of force. This chapter proposes a reform that goes a step further than that proposed by the Secretary-General and High-level Panel. It also proposes a mandatory process for the Security Council to follow whenever it faces a breach of or threat to international peace and security. This process encompasses the criteria that the Secretary-General suggested as guidelines but would require the Security Council consider them as well as other criteria, and would require that the Security Council establish conclusively whether the criteria have been met. The chapter also shows, through counterfactual approaches to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and 1999 bombing of Kosovo and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, how the process would work, and then discusses the benefits the process would bring.

Keywords: collective security; Security Council



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