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Reform of the UN Security Council – the Boulder of Sisyphus

Lecture | March 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall


Dr. Thomas Seidel, First Secretary, Political Affairs Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations

Institute of European Studies, American Council on Germany


The primary responsibility for peace and security in the world community lies with the UN’s Security Council. It was founded, like the UN, shortly after the 2nd World War and its structure continues to reflect the global political landscape of the days when the 20th century’s darkest chapter came to an end. Hardly anyone rejects the need to modernize the Security Council, to render it representative of the geopolitical realities of the 21st century. Nevertheless, reform is overdue and progress has shown to be a painstakingly slow process. 

Dr. Thomas Seidel is a German career diplomat who has been working in the political section of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York since 2014.

This program was made possible by a generous grant through the European Recovery Program – Transatlantic Encounters.


heike.friedman@berkeley.edu, 510-643-4558