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Multilateralism –
with Chinese Characteristics
Fraser Cameron

If you were to read the speeches and articles of Chinese leaders you might conclude there was no country on Earth more committed to multilateralism.  Certainly, China has benefited enormously from the rules-based, international system established after 1945.  How genuine
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The University in the Global Age:
Challenges and Opportunities
Chris Gallavin

 Last year I had the privilege of travelling around the US as an Eisenhower International Fellow. The experience was the most amazing of my professional career. In this column, I outline my Fellowship project – Global University 2.0 Let me
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How to Prevent Genocide?
Early Intervention
Abbas Nazari

The best conflict is one that doesn’t happen. This blog argues that the best global approach (short of a full-fledged military intervention) to prevent a potential conflict from developing into all-out conflict is early intervention. The blog analyses a counterfactual approach to the Rwandan genocide, and how early intervention, had it been utilized, could have
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The new omnipotence:
Global opportunity or global threat?
Chris Williams

What is the oldest organisation within the UN? What is missing from Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’? What fuels the richest organisations in the world? Is the digital revolution an opportunity, or a threat, to the emergent global community? While reading
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Individual Rights and State Responsibilities:
R2P & the Global Community
Ramesh Thakur

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle recalibrated the relationship among and between peoples, states and the international community. State sovereignty comes with responsibilities, domestic and international, along with privileges. Citizenship confers rights alongside responsibilities, including the right to be protected
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Multilateralism & the Rules-based Order:
What role for international law?
Kennedy Graham

Yesterday I attended MFAT’s annual Beeby Colloquium on International Law. Having had the privilege of working closely with Chris back in the ‘80s, it is quite a moving experience to attend these events.  It is also, equally, an annual highlight
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Strengthening Multilateralism:
The sovereignty debate at the UN
Kennedy Graham

My first column (9 Oct.) noted the ‘bipolar mind-set’ discernible among national leaders at the UN General Assembly debates in recent years.  An ‘intellectual rivalry’ was playing out between two apparent doctrines – ‘patriotism’ and ‘universalism’. Both address the issue
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Global Security and UN Peacekeeping:
Logistical and Legal Challenges
Kennedy Graham

Jayden van Leeuwen’s column on UN peacekeeping and its accounting to the global community raises some important issues that thematically fall within the Centre’s global security programme. Jayden addresses the problem of sexual abuse by personnel in UN peacekeeping missions
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UN Peace Keeping and the Global Community:
A specific, and sensitive, challenge
Jayden van Leeuwen

The United Nations (UN) is a key actor in the international sphere, and plays an integral role in the maintenance of peace and security across the world. One of the key mechanisms for doing so are its peacekeeping operations, which
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