SCAN discusses its E10 Project at United Nations University, Tokyo

On Tuesday 23 October SCAN member Jeremy Farrall was the keynote speaker at a high profile public ‘conversations’ event at the United Nations University in Tokyo. Associate Professor Farrall was interviewed by David Malone, the Rector (i.e. Vice-Chancellor) of United Nations University and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, about SCAN’s current ARC Discovery Project on the role of elected members in leveraging power and influence on the UN Security Council. The audience of more than 80 people included representatives from government, embassies and international organisations.



Leveraging diplomatic power and influence on the UN Security Council: the case of Australia

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe. Security Council Authorises Multinational Force in East Timor. Alexander Downer, then Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, addresses the Council on 15 September 1999 at the United Nations, New York.

In their recent paper ‘Leveraging diplomatic power and influence on the
UN Security Council: the case of Australia’, published in the Australian Journal of International Affairs Jeremy Farrall & Jochen Prantl compare Australia’s efforts to influence UNSC decision-making both as a UNSC member, and as non-member on the issue of East Timor.

You can access the paper here.

Global Governance discussion seminar with Jeremy Farrall

GG Cover_0Jeremy Farrall will lead the discussion at the next Geneva Global Governance discussion seminar.  The discussion on the role of elected members on the Security Council will be based on the recent article published by Jeremy Farrell and John  Langmore in the journal Global Governance ‘Can Elected Members Make a Difference in the UN Security Council? Australia’s Experience in 2013—2014’.

The event will be held at the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations in Geneva. Participants will include H.E. Mr. John Quinn, Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN, Alistair Edgar, Academic Council to the United Nations System (ACUNS), and Roberta Spivak, One Earth Future Foundation (OEF).

The Global Governance discussion series provides a forum for scholars and policymakers to share ideas and forge new partnerships. It is convened by the One Earth Future Foundation and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). For more information visit: Access the brochure of the event.


The UN Charter gives the Security Council the extraordinary function of being responsible for international peace and security. Although the Permanent Five members are disproportionately powerful, there is nevertheless scope for elected members to influence the Council’s decision-making processes during their short two-year terms. This article uses Australia’s membership in 2013 and 2014 as a case study to examine why states seek election to the Council, means through which they can strengthen their influence how they can navigate P5 power. How successful they are in achieving their objectives, and how the effectiveness of both elected members and the Council as a whole could be improved. Despite the substantial constraints facing elected members, those that are imaginative and industrious can nevertheless make influential contributions to achievement of the Council’s purposes.

John Langmore and Jeremy Farral, ‘Can Elected Members Make a Difference in the UN Security Council? Australia’s Experience in 2013—2014’, Global Governance, 22 (2016), 59—77.  Click here for full paper.




Jochen Prantl and Jeremy Farrell speak on Australian diplomacy and UN Security Council at the Australian Diplomacy Today symposium

Jochen Prandtl and Jeremy Farrell talk about influencing decision-making on the Security Council and Australia’s experience as elected member at the Australian Diplomacy Today symposium. The event held on 28 August was organised by the Australian Institute of International Affairs. They also introduced the new four-year ARC Discovery Project Leveraging power and influence on the United Security Council  involving SCAN members Jeremy Farrell, Marie-Eve Loiselle, Christopher Michaelsen, Jochen Prandtl, and Jeni Whalan.