Shattering glass: African Elected Members of the UN Security Council and the Fight for Women, Peace and Security

Led by Louise Olsson
Jan 2021 - Dec 2023

​While previous research has tended to treat the Security Council as a unitary actor, this qualitative project analyses and compares the strategies and actions of a select number of elected states. Thereby, the project strives to capture dynamics related to economic development, contributions to peacekeeping, and roles in regional conflicts and their solution. The project places a particular emphasis on collaborations between younger researchers from the African continent and on public dissemination and dialogue. The project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and is part of a broader PRIO-Uppsala University/Nordic Africa Institute effort to expand our knowledge of the UN Security Council at a time of drastic changes in the geopolitical landscape, including a completed project on Sweden's strategy and efforts in the Council (2017-2018) and developments on Women, Peace and Security integration during Norway's term 2021-22, both funded by the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and incuding a cooperation with the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Sweden.

​The project is led by Angela Muvumba-Sellström (Nordic Africa Institute), and involve researchers Sithembile Mbete (University of Pretoria), and Louise Olsson (PRIO).