Research Reports

Longer in-depth analysis of particularly significant Council decisions, processes or practices.

  • The Security Council, the UN Secretariat and external assessments have emphasised how better prioritisation and sequencing of Council mandates could contribute to the effectiveness of peace operations. Building on examples from several peace operations—including peacekeeping and special political missions—this report identifies the obstacles that the Council and the Secretariat face in applying these concepts. While acknowledging the structural challenges, the report makes recommendations that would pave the way for incremental changes in how the Council, the Secretariat and field missions approach the mandating process.

  • This is Security Council Report’s fifth research report on the rule of law. In it, we continue to explore the Security Council’s work in upholding individual criminal accountability as an aspect of its rule of law agenda in the context of its primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security. Through an examination of four situations the Council deals with regularly—Myanmar, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen—the research report takes stock of and assesses the Council’s current attitude and actions in respect of accountability.

  • On 7 June, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold elections for the Security Council.

  • This report presents the case for improving the mandating process to help those in the Security Council and beyond chart a way forward to making mandates more realistic and achievable.

  • 21 December 2018

    The Penholder System

    This short report provides background information on a relatively new Security Council practice whereby three permanent members—France, the UK and the US, referred to as the P3—perform ongoing leadership roles on most country-specific and some thematic issues on the Council agenda.

  • The 72nd session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold elections for the Security Council on 8 June.

  • This is Security Council Report’s fourth Research Report on the working methods of the Security Council.

  • This is Security Council Report's sixth report on the Peacebuilding Commission.

  • This report covers key developments during 2016 and through mid-October 2017. It pays particular attention to the role of the Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict, with an account of its evolution since it was established in 2006, and highlights the activities of the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict.

  • The 71st session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled to hold elections for the Security Council on 2 June.

  • This report provides a comprehensive account of developments in the Security Council and General Assembly from the beginning to the end of the process, describing the major changes that culminated in the choice of António Guterres as the next Secretary-General.

  • This is Security Council Report’s fifth research report dedicated to tracking the UN Security Council’s performance in integrating women, peace and security into its deliberations and outcomes.

  • Security Council Report has published a report on conflict prevention. 

  • Security Council Report’s fourth report on the rule of law focuses on the relationship between the Security Council and the International Court of Justice.

  • In this report, we examine the major developments that have occurred since October 2015 in both the General Assembly and the Security Council.