„Growing amongst big powers“ - ZIF comments on today's election of the non-permanent UN Security Council members, Germany being one of them



Today, Friday June 8, the General Assembly of the United Nations will elect five new nonpermanent members of the Security Council. Germany’s bid is uncontested. In an opinion piece on ZEIT Online, Tanja Bernstein, Senior Analyst in ZIF’s Analysis Division, discusses Germany’s election 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 ZEIT Online article of Tanja Bernstein can be read here.


More Information on Germany's candidature to the UN Security Council by the Federal Foreign Office

More on Germany's candidature to the UN Security Council on deutschland.de: "A place in the most influential body"