The Security Council comes to dinner

The U.S. is insisting that it heard nothing new at the dinner for Security Council members hosted by Iran late last week. (Apparently, there was a brief conversation between the U.S. representative and Iran’s foreign minister about the imprisoned U.S. hikers.)

Still, the dinner was a notable event in historical context. One of the underreported aspects of the Council showdown with Iran is the longstanding animosity between the elite diplomatic body and Tehran. During most of the 1980s, Iran was livid that the Council never condemned Iraq’s invasion or named Iraq as an aggressor. For a period of several years, Iran refused even to address correspondence to the Security Council, instead opting to interact with the Secretary-General. For many in Tehran, the latest confrontation is undoubtedly seen as just another round in a longstanding feud with a Security Council that is out to get it.

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About David Bosco

Assistant Professor at American University's School of International Service. Contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine. Author of Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court in a World of Power Politics and Five to Rule Them All: The UN Security Council and the Making of the Modern World
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