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New United States Leadership
And the Global Order
Abbas Nazari

In his address to the Munich security conference (his first international speech as president), President Biden told European leaders the US wants to “earn back our position of trusted leadership.” In a clean break from the isolationist policies of his predecessor, President Biden noted … Continued

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Military Cooperation
And The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
Hugh Steadman

On 22nd January, 2021, the TPNW came into force with the requisite fifty nations having ratified the treaty. Since then, several others, including Cambodia and Philippines have joined. The background has been dealt with at some length in my recent … Continued

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Trump’s Exit
Dilemmas of Social Media, Free Speech and Democracy
Chris Williams

What might future historians note as the epoch-making aspects of Donald Trump’s exit? Perhaps it will include something that is attracting less academic attention at present – social media companies closing down Trump’s accounts. Twitter and later Snapchat permanently banned Trump. Facebook and YouTube restricted him, and Amazon closed the … Continued

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Unhinged Leaders and Nuclear Weapons
It’s Time To Act
Tanya Ogilvie-White

I’ve spent my life studying the risks posed by nuclear weapons. I’ve always worried that one day an unhinged leader would emerge in a nuclear-armed country, with the authority to launch a nuclear attack. To me, the assumption that nuclear-armed … Continued

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The United States in 2021
National, international, global implications
Pooran Pandey

The US presidential election has now concluded with the Electoral College confirming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the winners (by 306 to 232 votes).  It remains for Congress to certify the Electoral College votes on 6 January, before the … Continued

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War crimes, international law, and the global community
Australia, the US, and the rest of us
Abbas Nazari

How is the emerging global community to deal with alleged war crimes, within the context of contemporary international law and national political integrity?   This is one of the more critical questions of the early 21st century. War crimes are many, … Continued

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Building Back Better – Globally
Thoughts from Europe
Alex Kazaglis

At first glance the decision to delay the largest climate conference in history – COP 26 (1) – appears to have been made on practical grounds. COVID-19 had made convening 30,000 delegates from 197 countries impossible. For the conference, it is … Continued

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The Global Community and the US Election:
Potential scenarios: negative and positive

Back in May, Georgios Kostakos and I published two columns on the global and national responses to Covid-19, and its implications for global governance.  The biggest impact, we said, will be determined by the responses of China and the US. … Continued

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International Asymmetry in Global Arms Control
The key to progress?
Ramesh Thakur

During the Cold War, the nuclear landscape was dominated by the globe-spanning US–Soviet bipolar rivalry. Russia and the United States still account for over 90% of the world’s stockpile of nuclear weapons. The emerging strategic rivalry, however, is between the … Continued

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Global Health and Global Integrity
… depends on the independent panel
Jayden van Leeuwen

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact across the globe, causing sickness, death, economic downturn and invariable other forms of suffering as the virus has spread internationally. At present in late-September, we approach the … Continued