The Empirical Analysis of the Voting Results in the UN General Assembly

Authors: Ilyin, Ilya V.; Bilyuga, S.; Malkov, Sergey
Almanac: Globalistics and globalization studiesGlobal Transformations and Global Future.

In this paper we present our quantitative data analysis of voting dynamics in the UN General Assembly within the period from 1946 to 2014. The obtained results reveal several phases in the development of relations between different countries. The analysis also shows that nowadays there are two key players on the world scene which are completey different to each other in every way. They are the USA and the group of BRICS nations (other countries' voting corresponds either with USA or with BRICS). The results can be used to identify the trends in the sphere of international relations.

Keywords: voting, the United Nations, consistency criterion, synchronization.