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Reform the UN Security Council
Or watch it perish
Ramesh Thakur

As the UN General Assembly opens its annual session for 2020/21 this month, delegates should introspect on the transformations in world affairs in the 75 years since the Charter was signed. In 1945, Britain and France were ‘victorious’ Allied powers
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Health and the Global Community: Part II
Opportunities for ‘global fitness’
David Minton

In Part I, I commented on the state of individual fitness at the national level, focusing on the UK and the USA.  In short, levels of physical activity need to increase. But what about at the global level – through
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Health and the Global Community: Part I
Questions of national fitness
David Minton

The current Covid pandemic has swiped the human species like few events before.  In early September, we have 25 m. cases and are heading for 1 m. fatalities. It is an historic challenge to the international community of states.  And
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Reform of the UN Security Council:
The potential of India
Pooran Chandra Pandey

India was recently elected to the Security Council for the two-year period, 2021-22.   What does this portend for the UN – and for India? As a serious player within the UN system and also as an active participant in UN
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Trans-national River Issues
Trusteeship as a model of governance
Renee Moorjani

The Australian bushfires and the Indian floods, both of 2019, are just a glimpse into some disproportionate consequences of the global climate crisis that is upon us. Current international law systems have proven to be limited as a tool for
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Global Peacemaking or Peacebuilding?
US support for Afghanistan needs a reset
Abbas Nazari

The weak-kneed efforts at strengthening global security in recent decades are desperately in need of a reset. Nowhere is this more palpably obvious than in Afghanistan, along of course with Syria, Yemen and Libya. But let me focus on Afghanistan,
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Aviation & Global Sustainability, Pt II
Shifting attitudes
Claire Waghorn

Aviation is a force for good.  It broadens the mind. It connects people with new cultures, experiences, places and opportunities; and it underpins the global economy. Yet, its dependency on fossil fuel is harmful.  What, then, to do? Aviation currently
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Aviation & Global Sustainability, Pt I
The international framework
Claire Waghorn

International aviation has landed – abruptly. The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen closed borders, on-going travel restrictions, decreasing passenger demand, airline lay-offs and bankruptcy. It is undoubtedly the biggest challenge the aviation industry has faced, to date. Yet this is
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How Should the Global Community Deal with Extremism?
Something other than US national strategy
Abbas Nazari

Extremism, in all its forms – political, religious, ethnic, gender, generational – is, in short, an extreme version of a belief system. It can be promoted peacefully, and within the normal bounds of freedom of speech.  And it can, of
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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
India’s ‘glocal’ response to the virus
Ashutosh Misra

The title-phrase derives from Hindu scripture. It is found in the Upanishads, and the full verse remains engraved on the entrance to the Parliament of India.  Essentially, the world is one family. For centuries, the phrase has shaped India’s spiritual
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