The United Nation’s double roles in the Ukraine


  • John E. Trent


Palabras clave:

United Nations, roles, Ukraine


Generally, when one thinks about the United Nations (which is not very often) one tends to think of the institution as a whole. One thinks of the United Nations. Any positive or negative thoughts about it tend to taint the whole Organization. One either likes or dislikes the UN as a whole. And, because most media focus is on the big news and the big events, then most of our thoughts are dominated by the activities of the Security Council. And because most of the news is about the Big Five vetoing each other’s proposals then we are left with the impression that the UN gets nothing done, that it is not very useful. Through a revision of the case of the current war in Ukraine, the purpose of this essay is to show that this is neither correct nor helpful.

Biografía del autor/a

John E. Trent

Professor, author, speaker, activist, and a Fellow of the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa, where he was formerly a professor and chair of the University’s Department of Political Science. Former Secretary General of the International Political Science Association, Executive Director of the Social Science Federation of Canada, a founding Vice-President of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, and past-president of the Société québécoise de Science politique.