• About Ramesh Thakur

    Ramesh Thakur is the director of the Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament at Australia National University in Canberra and a professor of international relations in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy. He was vice rector and senior vice rector of United Nations University (and assistant secretary-general of the UN) from 1998–2007. Educated in India and Canada, he was also a professor of international relations at the University of Otago in New Zealand and professor and head of the Peace Research Center at the Australian National University, while also advising the Australian and New Zealand governments on arms control, disarmament and international security issues. In addition, Thakur was a principal author of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine and a senior adviser on reforms and principal writer of the UN secretary-general’s second reform report (2002). He has written or edited more than 40 books, 400 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is "The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics" (London: Routledge, 2011).

    The Differing No-Nuke Stance Between Australia and New Zealand

    by  • November 29, 2013 • WORLDVIEWS • 

    Licorne nuclear test, 1971, French Polynesia

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyCANBERRA, Australia — Because of the unique destructive capacity and uncontrollable effects of nuclear weapons, the almost indescribable horror...

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    The G20 vs. the UN Development System: Two Rivals Heat Up

    by  • June 11, 2013 • Development • 

    G20 meeting at the Kremlin

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyThe Group of 20 nations is more capable of replicating development success models than the United Nations manages to...

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    Russia’s Motives Behind the Syrian Conflict

    by  • July 25, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 4 Comments

    Syrian refugees in Turkey

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyCANBERRA — China and Russia have cast three vetoes on draft United Nations Security Council resolutions aimed at tougher...

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    A Walk Between War and Peace for the UN Nuclear Agency

    by  • July 6, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Yukiya Amano, the chief of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency. He is said to be closely allied with the United States and others in the West.

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyAs international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program and the boundaries between peaceful uses and weaponization intensify, the...

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    The UN’s Regional Groupings Need to Reshuffle the Deck

    by  • June 20, 2012 • WORLDVIEWS • 2 Comments

    Brisbane UN Women

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously  CANBERRA — Come October, Australia will be competing with Finland and Luxembourg for two of the elected two-year...

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    The US-UN Dance Recovers Its Balance

    by  • June 4, 2012 • US-UN Relations, WORLDVIEWS • 5 Comments

    Susan Rice

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyCANBERRA — The United Nations is located at the cross-section of Interdependence Avenue and Multilateral Cooperation Street in Manhattan....

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    Different Missile Tests, Different Diplomatic Reactions

    by  • May 21, 2012 • Disarmament • 3 Comments

    Hillary Clinton India visit

    Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email SubscribeSubscribe to PassBlueSubscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox. Thank you for subscribing.Something went wrong.We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriouslyAsia was the setting last month for two completely different missile tests. North Korea‘s, on April 13, was a...

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