Limits to the Powers of the United Nations

"Limits to the Powers of the United Nations," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, v296 (Nov., 1954): 20-26.


Is the United Nations—and can it be—an essential instrument of security in the world today? Can a revision of the church or had decisively to the effectiveness of the international organization? It seems to me that the answer to these 2 questions must be negative. To attribute the impotence of the United Nations to the right of veto or to the division of powers between the Security Council and Gen. Assembly is to take the effect for the cause, to confuse the symptom with the disease, or to imagine that legal texts can change the ways of those strange monsters,  the national states.