The Security Council Analysis Network (SCAN) conducts sustained, rigorous review of the United Nations Security Council and its actions to promote international peace and security.

SCAN has three specific aims:

  1. To promote scholarly analysis and research of the Security Council, including its political dynamics, policy instruments and historical development;
  2. To foster informed public debate on the Security Council;
  3. To support better policymaking by contributing policy-relevant briefings, advice and proposals.

SCAN is a collaborative research network founded jointly by researchers  from the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales.

SCAN’s expertise covers the broad scope of the Security Council’s agenda, including:

  • Rule of law and legal instruments of the Council
  • Peacekeeping, peacebuilding and humanitarian response
  • The use of force
  • Sanctions
  • Civilian protection
  • Women, peace and security
  • Arms control
  • Transnational crime and terrorism
  • Climate change and security

Based in Australia, SCAN’s analysis gives particular attention to the role of the Security Council in Australia foreign policy, and the ways in which Australia can contribute to better international peace and security.