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Kofi Annan

It's time for change at the U.N. Security Council

It's time for change at the U.N. Security Council

With the founding of the United Nations 70 years ago this month, the victors of World War II sought to position themselves as the protectors of peace and stability around the world. Their mechanism was the U.N. Security Council, which has since compiled an erratic record — operating first within the tensions of the Cold War, and more recently against a backdrop of competing national interests among the council's five permanent members. Part of the problem is the way the U.N. charter structured the council, and the U.N. General Assembly took a small yet perhaps significant step when it voted last month to continue pushing for charter reforms that would change how the council works....

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