Library Talk: The UN Security Council in the 21st Century

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•12•02    18:30 - 20:00

    On 2 December 2015, the UNU Library is hosting the launch of the book The UN Security Council in the 21st Century edited by Sebastian von Einsiedel, David M. Malone and Bruno Stagno Ugarte (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015).

    Amidst a resurgence of great-power rivalries among its permanent members, there are increasing questions about the ability of the Security Council to deal with a growing number of crises around the globe. Against this background, this new volume provides a comprehensive view of the Council’s internal dynamics, its role and relevance in world politics, and its performance in addressing today’s major security challenges.

    This book brings together a group of 49 leading experts on the Security Council — including scholars, diplomats who served on the body, and UN officials tasked with implementing its mandates — to cover a comprehensive array of topics and country case studies. The volume looks at what drives the Council’s decision-making from many different angles: shifts in the global distribution of power, underlying interests of great powers, changing norms and threat perceptions, and evolving institutional relationships. All of these factors have significantly evolved over the past 15 years — and with them, the Security Council itself.

    The book is available at the UNU Library. You can read the introduction section on the Lynne Rienner Publishers website.


    This Library Talk is open to the public. It will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advanced registration is required (by 4:00 PM on 1 December 2015). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    You may also register by contacting the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360).


    David M. Malone is UN Under-Secretary-General and Rector of the United Nations University (UNU).
    Sebastian von Einsiedel is Director of the UNU Centre for Policy Research.


    Ambassador Yasushi Akashi is former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and Humanitarian Affairs, and former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cambodia and the former Yugoslavia.


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