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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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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 … Continued

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The Multilateral Crisis in Trade:
What it means to Millennials
Renee Moorjani

The 2018 G20 Buenos Aires summit saw the Director-General of the WTO lament the multilateral crisis, stating that it is the worst crisis “not only for the WTO but for the whole multilateral trading system since the GATT in 1947”. … Continued

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Global Studies in a Time of Global Angst
Conclusions and views
Kennedy Graham

Welcome to this revamped website of the NZ Centre for Global Studies which has just gone live today. After five-years of activity in research and policy prescription, the Board sees it now as time to reach out more to the … Continued