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Reinventing Multilateral Order

A thoughtful and constructive article has been completed on Reinventing Multilateral Order by Sundeep Waslekar.  The author has previously contributed to the NZCGS blog column (Systemic Global Change: Two ingredients – mutual global trust, legitimate global...

Military Cooperation

On 22nd January, 2021, the TPNW came into force with the requisite fifty nations having ratified the treaty. Since then, several others, including Cambodia and Philippines have joined. The background has been dealt with at some length in my recent article. The key...

The United States in 2021

The US presidential election has now concluded with the Electoral College confirming Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the winners (by 306 to 232 votes).  It remains for Congress to certify the Electoral College votes on 6 January, before the Inauguration on the...

Health and the Global Community: Part II

In Part I, I commented on the state of individual fitness at the national level, focusing on the UK and the USA.  In short, levels of physical activity need to increase. But what about at the global level – through genuine global cooperation, across all...

Health and the Global Community: Part I

The current Covid pandemic has swiped the human species like few events before.  In early September, we have 25 m. cases and are heading for 1 m. fatalities. It is an historic challenge to the international community of states.  And it is an existential...

Reform of the UN Security Council:

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 peace keeping activities, a respected voice in...

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam

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 and egalitarian...

Systemic Global Change: Two Ingredients

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 Avangard finding...

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The New Zealand Centre for Global Studies has a job vacancy for the position of Secretary. The Secretary’s role includes: Maintaining and updating the website and email addresses. Maintaining and updating display materials, including banners. Maintaining and...