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Ramesh Thakur

Ramesh Thakur

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Ramesh Thakur, a former United Nations assistant secretary-general, is Emeritus Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He is the author of The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect

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  1. Why Australia Is Burning
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    Why Australia Is Burning

    Jan 9, 2020 Ramesh Thakur argues that the immediate cause of severe bushfires is not climate change, but rather poor land management.

  2. Progressive Phonies
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    Progressive Phonies

    Sep 27, 2019 Ramesh Thakur argues that rampant virtue signaling has made the left increasingly vulnerable to moral hypocrisy.

  3. India’s Bad Bet in Kashmir
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    India’s Bad Bet in Kashmir

    Aug 7, 2019 Ramesh Thakur worries that the removal of the disputed territory's special status will spark a new wave of violence.

  4. New Zealand’s Loss of Innocence
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    New Zealand’s Loss of Innocence

    Mar 17, 2019 Ramesh Thakur suggests that the killer of 50 Muslim worshipers had two reasons for choosing Christchurch.

  5. India’s Trifecta of Failure
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    India’s Trifecta of Failure

    Feb 20, 2019 Ramesh Thakur says the Modi government's latest caste-based policies highlight deeply entrenched national shortcomings.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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