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UNITED NATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY AFTER COVID-19

Contribution to the series "The World HandCov'd"

The largest intergovernmental organization that solemnly celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2020 was definitely not in its best shape as it approached the new landmark. The organization was established by the countries that were victorious in WWII and literally immediately found itself divided into two opposed blocks — capitalist and socialist — with the Group of 77 seeking neutrality in between. That confrontation was overcome for a short period in the 1990s after the disintegration of the USSR and the global socialist system.

Key takeaways

• The UN’s capacity to effectively accomplish its mission of maintaining peace and security has almost always been limited by geopolitical confrontation.

• The UN is a global intergovernmental organization; therefore, global challenges to the contemporary system of international relations constitute the main dilemmas faced by the organization.

• The UN’s inability to play the consolidating role — even symbolically — amid the pandemic negatively affects the image of the organization.

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