Debate:  Does the United Nations put a nation's sovereignty at risk?Debate:  Does the United Nations put a nation's sovereignty at risk?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't think the UN has enough teeth to put anyone's sovereignty at risk. Although it can Intervene with suggestions, it doesn't really have the ability to enforce them. Only the countries that participate can enforce the sanctions.
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, the UN does not pose a threat to a nation's sovereignty.  The UN can only tell nations what to do if the nations have already chosen to agree to do these things.  In other words, the UN can only enforce agreements that countries have voluntarily entered in to.

For example, if the UN enforces sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program, it is not simply punishing Iran on a whim.  It is finding that Iran has broken promises made by Iran itself when it signed the nonproliferation treaty.

Nations must sign treaties before the UN can hold them to those treaties.  This means that the nations are still sovereign.

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user5297304 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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In reply to #2 : Any decision made by the UN Security Council under chapter 7 of the UN charter ( regarding the UN 's right to impose diplomatic , economic sanction or military interventions on a certain state ) must be implemented by all nations regardless of whether they agree ot not ! so chaypter 7 of the UN charter limits states' sovereignty ! 

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