Inocencio Arias


Will 1999 be an annus horribilis (‘horrible year‘) for the United Nations? Some tend to believe the answer is yes. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan's important yet controversial speech awhile ago is a timely warning. Criticism of U.N. inaction, inefficiency, and indolence in the case of Kosovo, and, to a certain extent, and even more surprisingly, in East Timor is widespread. The fact that the organization may only act, however, when the U.N. Member States agree is often overlooked. This Essay explores the U.S. attitude toward the U.N., institutional imbalances within the U.N., and possible solutions to problems that arise from the one member veto.