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The Challenge of US Electoral Instability
Tapio Kanninen

When Joseph Biden won the 2020 US election many hoped that there would be a quick return to an old globalist agenda and support for international institutions. However, the US has changed politically, socially, and culturally, which will seriously constrain such a reversal from
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Trump’s Exit
Dilemmas of Social Media, Free Speech and Democracy
Chris Williams

What might future historians note as the epoch-making aspects of Donald Trump’s exit? Perhaps it will include something that is attracting less academic attention at present – social media companies closing down Trump’s accounts. Twitter and later Snapchat permanently banned Trump. Facebook and YouTube restricted him, and Amazon closed the
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Building Back Better – Globally
Thoughts from Europe
Alex Kazaglis

At first glance the decision to delay the largest climate conference in history – COP 26 (1) – appears to have been made on practical grounds. COVID-19 had made convening 30,000 delegates from 197 countries impossible. For the conference, it is
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The Global Community and the US Election:
Potential scenarios: negative and positive

Back in May, Georgios Kostakos and I published two columns on the global and national responses to Covid-19, and its implications for global governance.  The biggest impact, we said, will be determined by the responses of China and the US.
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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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