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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Towards a Theory of Everything: Pt III. Development
Initiatives towards a ‘global theory’

Part II identified, in developing a ‘global theory’ for the 21st century, the following components: primary features, global values, citizenship, law and governance; foundational concepts of consilience and coherence, along with operational concepts of risk management and jurisdictional subsidiarity; a
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Towards a Theory of Everything: Part II.
Content Components of a ‘global theory’
Kennedy Graham

In Part I of the above, I explored the methodological differences between the various branches of human knowledge, the idea of consilience for an underlying unity of knowledge, and what a synthesis derived from this might mean for global studies.
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Towards a Theory of Everything: Pt I. Conceptualisation
Paradigmatic change in human knowledge
Kennedy Graham

We have entered an era of human crisis.  What we think and do in the future will inevitably build on, but cannot be confined to, the past. The Centre’s Trust Deed (2012) requires it to “encourage and facilitate informed interdisciplinary
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Climate Challenge 2020:
Existential – political; global – national
Kennedy Graham

I was recently invited to talk to a consultancy firm about my take on the climate challenge facing both our world and our country, now that New Zealand’s Zero Carbon Act is in force, and as the UN’s latest COP
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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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