Is the Security Council a concert of great powers, unrepresentative of the international community, or a more inclusive body that derives its legitimacy from being representative of the UN membership as a whole? The United States in particular continues to take seriously its "custodial" role for the international system, which explains its willingness to stand alone on some unpopular issues. Elsewhere in the world, there is little sympathy for this attitude. Most countries around the world would deny that the great powers, and least of all the United States, play or should play anything like a custodial role in the international system.
Documento presentato al primo incontro del Gruppo di lavoro I "The EU and the reform of the UN Security Council", organizzato a Roma il 12-13 novembre 2009 dall'Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) nell'ambito del progetto di ricerca "The European Union and the Reform of the United Nations" (The EU as a global actor in the UN reform process). Versione successiva: "Effectiveness and Ineffectiveness of the UN Security Council in the last 20 Years: a US Perspective", in Joachim Krause and Natalino Ronzitti (eds.), The EU, the UN and Collective Security. Making Multilateralism Effective, London/New York, Routledge, 2012, p. 53-69.
1. The UN Security Council since 1989
2. UN Peacekeeping Operations
3. September 11 and Beyond