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With power comes responsibility. The UN Security Council’s five permanent members (P5) possess power. Have they exercised that power responsibly? The question can be broken into two. Have they demonstrated responsibility in acting to maintain international peace and security? Have they demonstrated irresponsibility when they fail to act? Policymakers and scholars have been relatively attentive to the first question. This brief paper focuses on the second.


Author: Ian Johnstone
Roundtable: Peace
Year: 2022