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Reform of the UN Security Council – the Boulder of Sisyphus?

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: 909 Renaissance Park, 1135 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02115
Sponsored By: Presented by Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures, and the Boston Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany
Contact: internationalcenter@northeastern.edu

Reform of the UN Security Council: 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. He has been working in the political section of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York since 2014. He covers the issues of UN Security Council reform and the selection process of the next UN Secretary General as well as the prevention and countering of violent extremism and terrorism.

Before coming to New York City he served as Political Counsellor at the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, for two years. On a prior posting in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, he covered the rapprochement with Cuba and political, humanitarian and development support for Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010.

Prior to his career in diplomacy, Dr. Seidel worked as a management consultant in the European automotive and logistics industry for four years. He is an industrial engineer by training and holds a Doctorate from Technical University of Dortmund, a Master’s Degree (Diplom) from Technical University of Berlin and a Bachelor (Vordiplom) from Technical University Kaiserslautern. He also studied at University of Calgary and University of Western Sydney. His doctorate presents a process model for the design of global production and logistics networks.

He recently co-authored an article in the Berlin Policy Journal on the reform of the UN Security Council together with Ambassador Dr. Harald Braun, Germany’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (http://berlinpolicyjournal.com/pushing-for-reform/).



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