Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00

Solving the Syrian Knot: Dynamics within the UN Security Council and Challenges to its Effectiveness

Written by  Esmira Jafarova
This article intends to highlight the dynamics within the UN Security Council (UNSC) with regard to the events in the Syrian Arab Republic that have unfolded in the wake of the so-called “Arab Spring” and perturbed the entire region of the Middle East. What had begun as peaceful demonstrations against the incumbent leadership of the country very quickly transformed into the violent conflict that has raged for about three years. As a primary world body fulfilling the watchdog functions over the protection of international peace and security, the UNSC was overwhelmed by the highly dynamic nature of the situation on the ground, and was embroiled in intensive deliberations on the ways to solve the Syrian crisis.