Published September 05, 2013
INTERNATIONAL CRISES & "THE VOTE"
As the most powerful body in the United Nations, the Security Council is responsible for maintaining global
peace. But when it comes to major international disputes, does the veto power of the permanent members
render the council irrelevant? The question arises from Russia and China's decision to block any action on
Syria in the UN Security Council and the US decision to then bypass the Council in favor of a coalition of the
willing. This week's edition of "On the Line" discusses with two experts who watch these issues very closely.
Margaret Besheer: UN Correspondent, Voice of America, New York.
Dr. Christopher O'Sullivan: Lecturer in History and International Studies, University of San Francisco;
Author, “The United Nations: A Concise History”.