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Economist Debate: 'Democracies should bypass the UN rather than wait for its reform'

This event is complimentary, however seats are limited so please register (see below).

Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Darfur: all these agonies of the post-Cold War landscape are examples of places where the United Nations failed to act as it should. Few people doubt that the UN's ability to guarantee international security stands in urgent need of reform, but there is no real prospect of agreement on how to do it. In the absence of a credible international system for security, do individual countries have the right to take international law into their own hands? Is it better if a democracy, which is at least subject to some form of accountability, does it than if a dictatorship does? Does the existence of a broad coalition make action outside the UN more acceptable? Or are these just steps towards the old doctrine of "might is right"?


Chris Lockwood, The Economist | talks
Dean Godson, Policy Exchange | talks
Jan Kavan, former President of the UN General Assembly | talks
Joshua Muravchik, American Enterprise Institute | talks
Alexander Ramsbotham, United Nations Association (UK | talks


Date and Time:

20 October 2005 at 6:15 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Church House
(Assembly Hall)
Dean's Yard

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The Economist
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This debate is part of a series of Westminster Fringe debates, partnered with the Stockholm Network.

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