Castro, Thales. O Conselho de Segurança da ONU – Unipolaridade, Consensos e Tendências. Curitiba (Brazil): Juruá Editora, 2007.
[The UN Security Council – Unipolarity, Consensus and Tendencies]

The book argues it is a misunderstanding to consider the United Nations Security Council as an organ derived from the liberal-institutionalist paradigm, whereas the Council is the exception to the paradigm prevailing after the Second World War. After analyzing the inner works of the UNSC, the author emphasizes the organ is not meant to keep international peace and security, but rather to create consensus favouring the status quo in a US-centered system of power politics. The decisions on peacekeeping follow the logic of a multilateralist realism based on coerced consensus rather than the principist legitimacy of collective security. The book attempts to correlate the decisions taken by the Security Council, mainly those taken by consensus, with the main axis of US foreign policy in the period 1990 to 2004. A number of case studies is presented to confirm the quantitative analysis.

Entry Submitted By: Eduardo Uziel

About the author of this entry: Eduardo Uziel was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, holds a degree in History from the Universidade Federal Fluminense and one in Law from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. Since 2000, works in the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil, having been posted in the Mission of Brazil to the UN and in the Brazilian Embassy in Tel Aviv. Uziel has published a book and several articles on peacekeeping operations and Security Council politics.