Who wants to be a peacemaker?

Who wants to be a peacemaker?
A UN Security Council meeting in June 2019 (Photo: Loey Felipe/UN Photo)
Wednesday 28 August 2019

ANU Centre for European Studies Europa Visiting Fellow Dr Rita Parker wrote this article for the Lowy Institute's The Interpreter, 28 August 2019.

Below is a summation of the article, but you can read the full article here.

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.


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