Norway, Canada and Ireland are vying for two non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council for 2021-2022. All three countries have well-established credentials in contributing to the UN system and upholding the organisation’s charter. Each can be expected to bring valuable insights and to balance the Council’s discussions and, hopefully, its decisions, in what is likely to remain a time of uneasy balance in the geopolitical order.
An added dimension to the contest is that Ireland’s bid is part of a long term strategic global vision for itself to increase its profile, influence and position in the world and act as a buffer in a post‑Brexit world. This is part of Ireland's ambitious plan to double the scope and impact of its global footprint by 2025. In a post-Brexit world, Ireland could prove to be the inspiration for other small nations in a world dominated by loud and bellicose ones.
Dr Rita Parker gives a breakdown of the candidates for the non-permanent seats and assesses Ireland’s chances.