Disunity within the G4?

The discussions on reform of the United Nations Security Council are slogging on, with familiar battle lines in place. The central dispute remains between the Group of Four countries (G4) aspiring to permanent seats (Brazil, Germany, Japan, and India) and the Uniting for Consensus group, which is skeptical of new permanent seats. Within that struggle, an important subplot has been whether G4 unity can hold. The G4, after all, have quite different diplomatic alignments and very different prospects of actually securing seats.

Not surprisingly, a Pakistani newspaper sees signs of intra-G4 friction:

According to sources, the G4 countries appeared fending for themselves individually in the meeting. The Indian ambassador hardly received any help from the other three members of G4, with Germany not having intervened even once during the meeting that focused on critical issues of Security Council reform.

For a more balanced (and less breathless) account of recent exchanges, see here.

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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