Book: Legitmacy of power
Author: Dilip Sinha
Publisher: Vij Books
First published: 2019
Genre : Non Fiction
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐⭐ (5/5)
About The Book
The Security Council, the all-powerful UN body for maintaining world peace, remains mired in its World War II origins. The victors, the US, Russia, China, Britain, and France, continue to control it with their permanent membership and the veto. Their confrontations emasculated the Council during the Cold War and their cooperation spawned questionable military actions thereafter. The book traces the origins of international security cooperation and scrutinizes the moorings of the Security Council’s powers in international law. It critiques the permanent five’s manipulation of the Council to aggressively strengthen their global dominance and legitimize their exercise of power. Their doctrines and actions in countries like Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Libya have hindered the Council’s evolution as a responsible body which has the trust of a globalizing world. This book is an essential read for practitioners and scholars to understand the Security Council and the failure to reform it.
About The Author
Dilip Sinha was head of India’s UN affairs during its membership of the Security Council in the eventful period, 2011-2012. He was ambassador to the UN in Geneva, where he was elected Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council in 2014 and Vice Chairman of the South Centre. Sinha steered India’s response to the crises in Libya and Syria in the Security Council and to Sri Lanka in the Human Rights Council. During his diplomatic career, Sinha headed India’s relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran and served in Germany, Egypt, Pakistan, Brazil, Bangladesh, and Greece. Dilip Sinha is now based in India where he writes and delivers talks
This book screams perfection and authors commendable research done. The language used cant be termed as simple but over the time reading it, it gets accustomed. The author has divided the book into 16 chapters depicting UN’s formation, its sanctions, involvement in wars, issuing new mandates, its attempt on peace keeping and peace making. After reading the book at the end, a knowledge is gained about UN’s involvement in the Cold war, Korean war, Gulf War etc, UN’s shortfalls in vietnam war, Arab-Israli war, Civil wars in Yemen & Syria etc, UN’s Formation and the resolutions it passed and the list would go on. This book takes you to the world war end and how it all started and the cold war. It was fun for me reading it. It took me alot of time to finish the book because there is a lot of information to digest in every chapter. It was a good read.
I rate this book five out of five stars for its perfection. There is a big list of references or end notes at the end. The author has done a very good research. I recommend this book to the non fiction lovers who are into reading about the International organisations or the war politics between countries. This book is worth your time and money.
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