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Argument: UN reform will not solve problem of states acting in self interest

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  • Thomas Weiss. "The Illusion of UN Security Council Reform". Washington Quarterly 2003 - "Will the inability to reform the UN Charter compromise the credibility of the Security Council, particularly regarding matters shaping the future use of force? The answer is 'probably not' or at least 'no more than in the past.' Changing the composition of the Security Council would not, in any case, overcome its core weaknesses—the veto and almost total reliance upon U.S. military power. In short, the Security Council will remain the first port of call for authorizing the use of military force. The former foreign minister of Australia and president of the International Crisis Group, Gareth Evans, has pointed to the more difficult question: 'whether it should be the last.'32 Washington and the other permanent members would certainly answer “no.” Major powers normally pursue their self-determined interests in their backyards without the UN’s blessing—look no further than Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Chechnya, or Xinjiang."

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