„Time to stand up“: Germany’s opportunity to play at the highest level of global crisis management


In a Blog article for Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)`s PEACELAB, Tanja Bernstein, Senior Analyst in ZIF’s Analysis Division, discusses Germany’s election on 8 June to the UN Security Council as a nonpermanent member for the period 2019-2020, and how it can best use its seat to make a mark and usefully contribute to the UN agenda.

Ms. Bernstein advises Germany not to shy away from taking a lead role in high-profile initiatives. It must find the right balance between focusing on country specific crises and thematic issues, bearing in mind that nonpermanent members are usually judged on their impact on specific countries and crises. While Germany will enter the Council when tensions are particularly bad, Brexit could boost Germany's role and provide it with an opportunity to work harder to communicate EU priorities. With the prospects of a permanent membership in the near future seemingly dim, Germany should use its opportunity as a non-permanent member wisely, consolidating its status on the world stage.

The full article can be read here: https://peacelab.blog/2018/06/germany-on-the-security-council.