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G20: hopes and realities
Many see recent agreements struck by G20 nations as a sign of the organisation’s effectiveness and a source of optimism for future international cooperation. However, there are important reasons to remain skeptical of ...
COP16 Cancún: shifting goals of climate negotiations
The COP16 meeting in Cancun has revealed a fundamental shift in the near-term objectives of the UN’s annual climate gatherings. What is this shift and what are its consequences?
Time for Rethink: Need to Refocus on WTO
The sluggishness of the World Trade Organisation in recent years has led to the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTA). The resulting neglect of WTO negotiations is not in the interest of the global multilateral ...
United Nations Peace Support Operations: Why, Where and When?
UN Peace Support Operations are typically driven by the need to prevent conflicts from spreading and harming one’s own national interests. However, there are other issues to consider before contributing troops to such missions.
The real lesson of Wikileaks: virtues of diplomatic confidentiality
The Wikileaks controversy is not simply about the triumph of a liberal philosophy of holding governments accountable for their secret diplomacies. It is not just about nefarious governments scheming against one another. ...
The ‘Wikileaks Effect’: Information Warfare and ‘Battle for the Truth’
In the 'Battle for the Truth', the diffused power of information sharing in the Internet age can pose more than a mere inconvenience for national governments. What should be done to deal with the fallout?