Legitimacy of Power : The Permanence of Five in the Security Council

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 legitimise 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 globalising world.  
This book is an essential read for practitioners and scholars to understand the Security Council and the failure to reform it. 

Vij Books
  • Pages: 332
  • 9789388161046 • HARDBACK • Dec 2018 • Rs.1250
  • 9789388161060 • PAPERBACK • Jan 2019 • Rs.695
  • 9789388161053 • EBOOK • Jan 2019 • Rs.695
  • Subjects: United Nations, Security Council, Peace Keeping Force
  • Legitimacy of Power : The Permanence of Five in the Security Council
author details
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. 


Introduction       
1. Collective Security 
2. Birth of International Organisations    
3. The Idea of the UN     
4. San Francisco Conference - The UN Charter  
5. Beginner’s Luck – The Early Successes                                         
6. Divided Nations
7. False Start - The Korea Operation 
8. Innovative Compromise - Peacekeeping Operations
9. Military Actions after the Cold War            
10. Sanctions                                      
11. New Mandates                                                  
12. Charter-Compatibility of the Military Actions              
13. Security Council and International Law                          
14. Impermanence of the Permanent Five  
15. Wars that Escaped Security Council Action             
16. Security Council Reform    
Conclusion    
Secretaries-General of the UN                                       
Index                                                                                                
Bibliography