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By Prospect   September 2011

What the UN really needs

Mohamed ElBaradei (August) is right to call for radical reform of the UN, but does not go far enough. To end the conflict of interests that paralyses the organisation, the UN’s primary role of safeguarding international security should be separated from its humanitarian role. Freed from each other, both bodies could discharge their roles as they see fit, operating from different headquarters—perhaps in New York, Geneva and either St Petersburg or Hong Kong.

Among the many benefits, this system would limit the need for Security Council approval of humanitarian missions—much in the interests of those…

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