Daily Archives: November 11, 2010

In this week’s podcast: America’s secretary of state for Europe, Phil Gordon, on US/European cooperation in Afghanistan and over Iran; the first elections in 20 years in Burma; the rumpus caused by the president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick as he calls for the return to the gold standard. Read more

Trying to curry favour with the world’s rising powers by supporting their membership of the UN Security Council is all the rage. Barack Obama came out in favour of Indian membership on his trip to Delhi. William Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary, has decided to support Brazil’s bid.

I can see the attraction of making speeches along these lines. You get applause and gratitude. But the likelihood is still that nothing much will happen. That is because, while everybody can agree that the composition of the five permanent members is an anachronistic holdover from 1945, actually opening the discussion about how to add new members is bit like peeking into Pandora’s box. Read more