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Security Multilateralism: Progress and Paradox

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The evolution of security multilateralism away from the vision of one central apparatus need not, however, be viewed as a failure of international organization. Today, states and non-state actors alike invoke international law and norms, rely on the broader UN-based functions of security multilateralism, and rationalize their actions within the framework of processes and rules governing security multilateralism - even when they act outside the UN. The institutions of security multilateralism have proven flexible enough to accommodate the ongoing dialogue within the international community about the content of the rules governing the use of force and the effectiveness of collective security responses. The perfection of international security multilateralism may never be achievable, but the political and legal project of perfecting international security - including through institutional reform - should remain at the center of the project of international organization.

Keywords: central apparatus; institutional reform; security multilateralism



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