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Reform of the UN Security Council:
The potential of India
Pooran Chandra Pandey

India was recently elected to the Security Council for the two-year period, 2021-22.   What does this portend for the UN – and for India? As a serious player within the UN system and also as an active participant in UN
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Aviation & Global Sustainability, Pt II
Shifting attitudes
Claire Waghorn

Aviation is a force for good.  It broadens the mind. It connects people with new cultures, experiences, places and opportunities; and it underpins the global economy. Yet, its dependency on fossil fuel is harmful.  What, then, to do? Aviation currently
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Aviation & Global Sustainability, Pt I
The international framework
Claire Waghorn

International aviation has landed – abruptly. The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen closed borders, on-going travel restrictions, decreasing passenger demand, airline lay-offs and bankruptcy. It is undoubtedly the biggest challenge the aviation industry has faced, to date. Yet this is
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Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam
India’s ‘glocal’ response to the virus
Ashutosh Misra

The title-phrase derives from Hindu scripture. It is found in the Upanishads, and the full verse remains engraved on the entrance to the Parliament of India.  Essentially, the world is one family. For centuries, the phrase has shaped India’s spiritual
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Systemic Global Change: Two Ingredients
Mutual global trust; legitimate global governance
Sundeep Waslekar

The international community of states, today, is so heavily engaged in deadly rivalry and competition that we have forgotten the idea of global unity and cooperation.  The latter is, however, a precondition of human survival. The year 2020 began with
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The New ‘Global War’
Thoughts on the consequences
Hans Haumer

The coronavirus has overrun the world in no time. This ‘blitzkrieg’ so far only needed four months to destroy many lives, dealing the world economy a serious blow – threatening to topple the Great Depression from its pole position of
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COVID-19: Calls for Change
“A much stronger global mechanism”
Colin James

On 26 March, as COVID-19 was pushing countries into defensive lockdown, former Swedish Prime Minister, Carl Bildt, called for a ‘much stronger global mechanism’ than the World Health Organisation to deal with future pandemics. Writing for the Australian Strategic Policy
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Global Climate Change
Unlearned lessons?
Adrian Macey

The pattern ahead of the annual UN climate conference in November 2019 (COP-25, Madrid) was spectacularly familiar: over 25,000 participants; worrying reports from climate scientists; more public anxiety about climate change; mobilisation of civil society, with youth to the fore;
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Internationally hot, domestically not’
New Zealand and the global rights of nature movement
Chris Finlayson

Legal personality is an established part of the law in New Zealand and similar countries. It is widely accepted, for example, that a company or incorporated society can be considered a legal person. Over the last half-century, however, the argument
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Protecting the Multilateral Order:
A global challenge; an opportunity for NZ

As we approach the end of 2019, it seems that many assumptions about the robustness of multilateralism, which has underpinned New Zealand’s foreign and trade policy over the past 75 years, are under threat. It is therefore timely, and very
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