IPI HomePublicationsPolicy PapersIssue Brief: Impact of Emerging Powers on the Council

 

print print  |  share share back back

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Policy Papers - March 28, 2011

Issue Brief: Impact of Emerging Powers on the Council

Paul Romita, Naureen Chowdhury Fink, Till Papenfuss

 

 

The current configuration of the Security Council has produced widespread speculation regarding the impact the new non-permanent members--some with aspirations for permanent seats--will have on the tone and substance of the Council’s work this year. In recent weeks, the Council has been in the spotlight over its handling of the situation in Libya, adopting two significant resolutions.

While this issue brief looks at the implications of the new configuration for all members, the main emphasis will be on the five new members: India, Germany, South Africa, Colombia, and Portugal.

• First, this brief addresses how a strong elected membership might challenge some of the traditional advantages of the permanent members.
• Second, it explores the interests and perspectives of some of the new members on key issues on the Council's agenda.
• Third, it analyzes emerging issues of interest to the elected membership.
• And fourth, it investigates what a Council with such a strong elected membership might mean for the prospect of Security Council reform.

About the above photo: A view of the Security Council on March 17, 2011 as 10 members vote in favor of resolution 1973 (2011). Photo credit: UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The Global Observatory

Key Global Events to Watch in August
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

July 17, 2014
EU and UN Seek Ways to Improve Cooperation in Peacekeeping
The European Union is among the strongest supporters of UN peacekeeping missions around the globe, but the growing challenges faced by UN-led operations have raised the need for better EU-UN cooperation, both on the ground and at the planning level.

July 01, 2014
SRSG Johnson: South Sudan Crisis Changed UNMISS “Mindset”
Hilde Johnson, the outgoing Head of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), gave an overflow IPI audience a dramatic account of the challenging situation that has faced the United Nations in the country since the eruption of mass violence at the end of last year.

June 25, 2014
Mousavian: Iran and US Have Serious Chance for Rapprochement
From Iraq to Syria, from energy to counterterrorism, Iran and the United States share many common interests across the Middle East and ought to put aside their decades of hostility, said author and former Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian.

View More