At the midpoint of the podcast, the panel discusses the feasibility of Russia being kicked out of the UN Security Council. Assistant Comments Editor Francis Dearnley begins with a summary of the council’s history:
The Security Council is composed of 15 members. The UN General Assembly selects ten countries on a rotating basis to serve two-year terms on the Security Council. This council is made up of five permanent members: Russia (formerly the USSR), the People’s Republic of China (formerly the ROC), the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. These permanent members have veto power over any decision that is put to a vote in the Council.
There is no mechanism to remove a permanent member of the Security Council written into the UN Charter.
Francis explains the difficulty of expelling a member:
The word permanent was supposed to mean just that. But there is a process to remove a country from the UN. That would require a UN General Assembly vote based on a Security Council recommendation. This has never been done and since Russia, of course, has a veto power in the Security Council, the Council cannot recommend Russia’s removal without Russia’s consent.
Later, former British Colonel Hamish De Bretton-Gordon expands on his article on the UN:
What could the UN be doing now? Many others and I have called for demilitarized zones around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. That’s something they could really tangibly do, which would make a phenomenal difference and bring a lot of mental security to people, particularly in Europe..
I think, in general, people are losing faith in the UN. Why are we investing so many resources in this when it has little impact? And I think setting the example of suspending Russia is a tangible thing that we could do.
Defense Associate Editor Dom Nicholls chimes in with his thoughts:
The UN was created out of the rubble of World War II, with only one purpose, and that was to stop a Third World War. And he did it brilliantly. There was no World War III. But everything was set to stop the activity, instead of allowing the activity.
I think now is the time to say, well, how do you move on? If you were trying to build it today and you said, ‘Well, here’s the UN General Assembly, the Security Council, the permanent members of the Security Council, and one of those permanent members can wage war on another member, seemingly without restrictions. and without any recoil, it is simply untenable.
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