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Global Responses to the Pandemic, Pt II
Assessing the international and national actors
Tapio Kanninen & Georgios Kostakos

In Part I, we focused primarily on the effort of the UN and WHO, and its relationship with some of the major member states.  In this part, we explore in more depth the internal dynamics of those powerful countries. National
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Global Responses to the Pandemic, Pt I
Assessing the international and national actors
Tapio Kanninen & Georgios Kostakos

How have the UN and other international organizations – and indeed the whole global governance system – responded to the COVID-19 outbreak?  What are we learning from this response? Back in 2010 we examined (Journal of International Organizations Studies) whether, and
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Environmental Victims in the Global Community
What about the corona virus?
Chris Williams

My 1998 book, ‘Environmental Victims’, sought to relate the intensifying spread of environmental problems around the world to issues of natural justice, international law, public health, social policy and international security. The project looked at environmental problems specifically from the
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A New Global Order? Not necessarily
A critique of ‘global assumptions’
Fraser Cameron

I read with interest the latest views of Board members on how to improve global governance. While I broadly share the sentiments expressed I fear they fail to take into account the enduring reality of the nation state, rivalries between
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The Global Pandemic – and Missed Opportunities
The potential role of the G20
Inge Kaul

In a study I recently undertook of the G20 (2019), I showed that during the past decade, the main joint, collective action of that body had been to issue communiqués and other types of statements. As a group, G20 Leaders
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‘In the Beginning was the Word’
Why Covid-19 Renders Words even more Powerful

I recently took office as Secretary General of the largest global interfaith organization: Religions for Peace. Its six inter-religious councils (IRCs) are composed of the most senior leaders representing their religious institutions in 90 countries. This was one week before
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International aggression as a domestic crime
Will NZ ratify the Kampala Amendment?
Roger Clark

Earlier this month, the Director of the Centre lodged a submission to the NZ Parliament on the International Crimes and International Criminal Court Amendment Bill. The Bill proposes amendments to NZ legislation to incorporate certain international amendments made in 2010
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Can Nuclear Disarmament Strengthen Global Security?
Building a cycle of trust
Lyndon Burford

Ten years ago, the US President reaffirmed in a major international speech that the United States sought ‘the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons’. Despite the vision, Obama didn’t say why he thought a nuclear-weapon-free world would
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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 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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