As the Security Council deliberates possible action on Ukraine, the question of abstention nonetheless looms large: Does the U.N. Charter require Russia to abstain on a resolution concerning Ukraine and, if so, could the United States effectively pressure it to do so?
John Ramming Chappell is a joint J.D. and M.S. in Foreign Service candidate at Georgetown University, where he focuses on human rights, national security law, and U.S. foreign policy. He has worked at think tanks and foreign policy advocacy organizations. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, John received his B.A. in International Studies and Arabic from the University of Mississippi.
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