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When the UN Security council can’t even bring itself to condemn North Korea for murdering 46 South Korean sailors, that’s sad and pathetic.

Or, as the New York Times puts it, “absurdly, dangerously lame.”

So should the United States put its trust and faith in the efficacy of the UN to enhance the world’s security?  In a word, no.

Iran.  The UN.  Sanctions. Vietnam.  Gradual escalation.

Will the fourth time be the charm?  No.  Iran is too determined and capable. Also, they have too much cover for sanctions to have their desired effect.

What’s the saying?  Something like ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.’

Does this make us insane?  No, but if we think this will cause Iran to give up their nuclear program, our assessments are…detached.

Note: this article originally appeared in Air University’s The Wright Stuff.

The Efficacy of International Institutions

By Mark Stout

Keep doing what you’re doing, keep getting what you got

At the recent West Point graduation, President Obama took the opportunity to say something many already knew: he wants diplomacy and ‘international institutions’ to play a more prominent role in the world.  Just what are the challenges the President wants addressed?  It’s a long and humbling list including countering nuclear proliferation and terrorism; countering violent extremism and insurgencies; securing nuclear materials; combating changing climate; sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; and preventing conflict and healing wounds. (more…)

The Efficacy of International Institutions

Keep doing what you’re doing, keep getting what you got

At the recent West Point graduation, President Obama took the opportunity to say something many already knew: he wants diplomacy and ‘international institutions’ to play a more prominent role in the world.  Just what are the challenges the President wants addressed?  It’s a long and humbling list including countering nuclear proliferation and terrorism; countering violent extremism and insurgencies; securing nuclear materials; combating changing climate; sustaining global growth; helping countries feed themselves and care for their sick; and preventing conflict and healing wounds.

‘International institutions’ in the context of the President’s speech are largely existing multi-and inter governmental arrangements and to a lesser extent, non-governmental organizations.  A distinction is needed because without it, multi-national businesses, nationalized for-profits, and the likes could all be considered as ‘international institutions’ even as it’s clear they aren’t the general focus of the President’s comments.  This means the International House of Pancakes, while a noble institution in its own right, will not be considered as pertinent to the conversation.

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