Not all gridlock resides in Washington, D.C.. Frustrated idealists and ambivalent realists share the same interest to understand why the United Nations functions as it does–and Somini Sengupta obliges with this brief yet succinct analysis:
The conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, not to mention the war in Syria, have presented diplomats with emotional testimonies of civilian suffering, even alleged crimes against humanity. Yet the 15-member Council has been unable to end these conflicts.
The problem is not that the major world powers don’t care. It is that they care too much.