Lecture by Dr. Nabil al-Arabi on “the failure of the international collective security system”
The Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs hosted Ambassador Dr. Nabil al-Arabi on Wednesday evening, April 18th 2018, former Secretary-General of the League of Arab States and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, to talk about the international collective security system and the reasons for its failure. The session was chaired by Ambassador Dr. Mounir Zahran, President of the Council, and attended by a group of Egyptian diplomatic and intellectual elite.
Dr. Al-Arabi has put forward the causes for the failure of the international collective security system, proposing the following elements as a start for treating that failure:
1) To make a serious attempt to determine the scope of the use of the veto before the United Nations Security Council by amending the text of article 40 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure so as to state explicitly that its decisions on humanitarian matters and the use of weapons of mass destruction are outside the scope of its veto.
2) To promote the revitalization of the responsibilities of the General Assembly and to use world public opinion efficiently to put pressure on States whose behavior threatens international peace and security.
3) To revitalize the role of the Non-Aligned Movement, which at a certain stage represented a universal conscience, which in cooperation with the European Union, could try to re-balance international relations.