Thom Woodroofe, 22, is a foreign affairs analyst combining journalism, research, teaching and community work to advance an understanding of Australia’s place in the world. A recent graduate of Monash University Thom studied across North America, Europe and Asia as part of his degree, including at the University of California and the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales.
A freelance journalist on international affairs Thom frequently writes for the ABC, 7 Media, News Limited as well as Fairfax and has contributed to The Diplomat Magazine, the East Asia Forum and The Lowy Institute’s Interpreter. He is also a regular guest on ABC TV’s News Breakfast and The Drum. He has reported on the ground from hotspots such as Burma during parliamentary elections, communist Cuba under Castro, and on the Middle East peace process from inside The West Bank. He has interviewed both the current and former Prime Minister and was responsible for breaking an exclusive story concerning their relationship impacting Australia’s attendance at the Asia-Europe Meeting last year which received widespread coverage on ABC TV’s Insiders and 7.30 Report.
Thom is also a non-resident Associate Fellow of The Asia Society based in New York and on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum based in Geneva. His wider research focuses heavily on the role of multilateral institutions including the future of the G20 as well as emerging regional architecture.
It's been called the UnitedNations' beauty pageant: Every year, a handful of states compete for the five rotatingseats on the U.N. Security Council up for election. Countries' delegations pullout all the diplomatic stops-from opening new embassies tohosting cruises around the Greek Islands-in hope of winning the necessarytwo-thirds majority vote in the U.N. General Assembly. Some PermanentRepresentatives ignore instructions from their Foreign Ministry, supporting thecountry known for putting on the best cocktail parties. With a secret ballotsystem, it is hard to ever predict which member states will triumph until thevotes are counted.