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Global Governance in the Existential Age
Part II
Kennedy Graham

Part I of this blog identified the conceptual insights which members and affiliates of the Centre, and invited guests, have offered on the modern plight of the human condition, and of potential ways forward.   As Director of the Centre for … Continued

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Global Governance in the Existential Age
Part I
Kennedy Graham

The Centre has been privileged this month to host some valuable commentary on the challenge of global governance. On 6 December the Climate Minister, Hon James Shaw, gave the 8th NZCGS Annual Global Lecture, by webinar with 292 registered participants. … Continued

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PACDAC webinar
Progressing Disarmament
Kennedy Graham

On 1 December, the NZ Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament & Arms Control held a webinar on the above subject.  The NZCGS Director, Dr. Kennedy Graham, who has been a member of the Committee (2019-21), gave the response to the … Continued

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COP26 – Climate Negotiations at Glasgow
Reporting from Rod Oram

NZCGS Board member and reputed business-environmental journalist, Rod Oram, has been attending COP26 in Glasgow these past few weeks, and regularly reporting back through Newsroom. Here are his reports. 14 November       COP26’s inadequate package could still lead to progress … 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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Systemic Global Change: Part III
A moment, a group, a path
Kennedy Graham

In Part II of this blog series, three conclusions were drawn: This decade is likely to be a seminal moment of systemic change to the contemporary international system, updating its 20th features to fit the 21st. The legitimate grouping for … Continued

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Systemic Global Change: Pt. II
The 2020s: seminal moment, legitimate group, critical path?
Kennedy Graham

Part I on Systemic Global Change explored systemic risk and systemic change, the ‘seminal moments’ of the 20th century when the contemporary international system was established and refined, and the efforts undertaken during the UN era for effecting change. This … Continued

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Systemic Global Change: Pt. I
Seminal moments, legitimate groups, critical paths
Kennedy Graham

In A New Global Institution? (11 April), Klaus Bosselmann identified ‘systemic risk’ and ‘systemic change’ as inter-related concepts for embracing a post-pandemic worldview: “A systemic risk is the possibility that a singular event may trigger instability or collapse of an … Continued

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The Global Community Catches a Virus
Thoughts on recovery and outcome
Kennedy Graham

The current global health pandemic is shaking the foundations of the international community of states, possibly to its core.  Those foundations still reflect mid-20th c. political-legal thought, institutional structures, and procedural behaviour. Over the past quarter-century or so, we have … Continued

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Strengthening Multilateralism through UN Reform
NZCGS collaboration with UNANZ
Kennedy Graham

In his December column, former ambassador Colin Keating outlined the concept of a research project which the Centre is about to undertake on Strengthening Multilateralism through UN Reform. This project has its genesis in a speech that Colin gave on … Continued